TrustMark is able to give practical guidance on locating good reputable and reliable tradesmen for those households which have suffered damage to property through Fire, Flood or Storm damage.
Households insurance policies should cover disaster damage. People affected should contact their insurer as soon as possible. Most offer 24-hour emergency helpline services to arrange for repairs to be carried out.
Once you have carried out all the actions suggested below, check with your insurance company that the selected TrustMark firm is acceptable to them before you proceed with signing a contract or letting them start work on your home.
After the disaster has struck your home, we realise that you will be in a hurry to get the necessary work done on your property. However, taking time to select a TrustMark tradesman from this website can save you heartache in the future.
Beware of the hard sell and don't let fast talking cowboys who "just happen to be in the area" talk you into a spur-of-the-moment decision that you later regret.
Do not agree to any work where the tradesman says "We are only in the area today"
Never accept lifts to banks from salesmen for you to collect money for the deposit - they may simply disappear with your cash
British Damage Management Association:http://www.bdma.org.uk/ Provides accreditation for recovery and restoration professionals and has provided some tips on the basics of not jeopardising your insurance claims.
Floodline:0845 988 1188 - Comprehensive guide to floods and responses. It has recorded flood warning information for your area or you can speak to an operator for advice 24 hours a day
Financial Services Authority:http://www.fsa.gov.uk/
Urgent warning issued to all disaster victims suffering from Fire, Flood and Storm damaged property as rogue traders will try and cash in on their crisis.
TrustMark issues warnings to residents who have been affected by any type of disaster to their homes, to beware of local cowboys using the crisis to cash in on their misfortune.
TrustMark, the only Government-backed scheme to signpost consumers to reputable tradesmen issues this alert, as millions of pounds of damage caused by any type of disaster continually afflicts homeowners around the UK.
When extreme weather conditions hit parts of the UK there was millions of pounds of damage incurred - with much of this attributed to cowboy workmen taking advantage of those suffering at the time.
Stuart Carter, Head of PR at TrustMark urges local residents not to fall foul of the same tactics:
"Unfortunately we know from bitter experience how unreputable tradesmen utilise situations like flooding and storm damage to target homeowners at their most vulnerable, so we are warning homeowners to check that tradesmen they use to repair their damage are reputable - or the future costs could be significant."