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  • Posted Tuesday Sep 18, 2018

Gardening jobs for Autumn (and those to leave to the pros)

As the hazy days of Summer fade into memory, while our gardens may not be the blaze of colour they were in Flaming June, there is still plenty to be done. Here are some of the best jobs you can do in early Autumn to prepare your garden for the colder months to come:

Time to complain?
  • Posted Wednesday Sep 12, 2018

How to complain effectively

As the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for consumers seeking improvements to their homes, TrustMark takes pride in putting people in contact with competent, vetted tradespeople that have made a commitment to good customer service and trading practices. One of the ways we provide additional peace-of-mind is that, in the event something does go wrong, we have available a suite of remedies to ensure the consumer is protected when using a TrustMark Registered Business. If you are unhappy with any aspect of a project being carried out in your home, there are several measures you can take to make it easier to get things put right. Here we examine how you can protect yourself:

Check your heating system this autumn
  • Posted Tuesday Sep 04, 2018

Why now is the best time to check your heating

While the temperature has yet to noticeably drop, the children are back at school and there are a few other tell-tale signs of approaching autumn around us. With this in mind, now is a good time to check and review your heating options; as if you wait for the cold weather to bite, you may leave yourself vulnerable at the start of winter.

Consumer protection a worry?
  • Posted Thursday Aug 30, 2018

Helping consumers to help themselves

Since its inception in 2005, consumer protection has been a critical aim for TrustMark as an organisation. During this time we have seen a huge growth in awareness, as well as the emergence of a number of additional initiatives designed to enhance the level of protection consumers can rely on in a number of sectors.

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  • Posted Thursday Jul 26, 2018

Will Britain become a nation of Air Conditioners?

As Britain basks (or languishes) in a fairly powerful heatwave, recent findings suggest that very hot, dry summers could become the norm for the foreseeable future. Traditionally a nation of radiators rather than air conditioners, when it comes to cooling down most British homes lack more than an electric fan (currently selling out at an impressive rate), contrasting sharply with the US where 100 million homes are thought to be air conditioned.

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  • Posted Monday Jul 09, 2018

A logo only goes so far...

TrustMark would naturally advise all members of the public to look out for the TrustMark logo when selecting a tradesperson to carry out work on their home. This logo indicates the tradesperson has been thoroughly vetted and has had their work independently inspected by experts, ensuring they can deliver the level of competence and quality consumers should be able to rely on.

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  • Posted Wednesday Jun 27, 2018

Why a positive review is not always enough...

At TrustMark we completely understand that a personal recommendation from a previously satisfied customer can be the best thing for a business. As such it is no surprise that websites allowing customers to provide reviews of work carried out by tradespeople in their homes have been tremendously popular with both businesses and consumers.




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  • Posted Tuesday May 08, 2018

Surviving bank holiday DIY

UK spring bank holidays are so synonymous with DIY, that retailers use store performance on these days as sales indicators for the rest of the spring and summer period.


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  • Posted Thursday Apr 26, 2018

The Challenge of Late Payments

Always a challenge to any business, fuelled by concerns over Brexit and the fluctuating pound the problem of delayed or late payments is reaching epidemic proportions – and is potentially fatal for the smaller business. Indeed, it is estimated that 50,000 businesses close each year due to late payments, costing the economy £2.5bn.

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  • Posted by Laura Bean Friday Apr 20, 2018

Know who's knocking at your door

We are seeing more and more news concerning scammers targeting homes. While this is nothing new in itself, these scammers are increasingly creative in how they go about their murky business.


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  • Posted by Steve Playle Tuesday Dec 12, 2017

Keeping warm this winter


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  • Posted by TrustMark UK Wednesday Nov 29, 2017

National Consumer Week 2017



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  • Posted by Steve Playle – 13 November 2017 Wednesday Nov 22, 2017

Is your home ready for winter?


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  • Posted by Brian Gregory Monday Nov 20, 2017

Christmas fire safety tips

As we all know, Christmas brings a plethora of extra jobs, buying presents for the family, to putting up decorations and, of course, cooking Christmas dinner. With such festivities taking place during this period, it is common for fire safety to take a back seat.

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TrustMark's blog features tips, advice and inspiration for homeowners on all repair and home improvement issues and showcases some of the best projects our registered tradespeople have worked on.

With insight from our expert contributors, including Trading Standards expert Steve Playle, we hope you enjoy our blog and are able to take away helpful information and be inspired to do work on your homes.