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Can you put a price on a dodgy tradesman?

  • Posted by TrustMark Tuesday Sep 26, 2017
Our advice to customers at TrustMark has always been to get a range of quotes when finding someone to carry out home improvements, to ensure you are getting a quality job at a fair price. Amongst this, we suggest a number of other checks you should be doing which will put safeguards in place for both the customer and the firm.
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Are your home security measures up to scratch?

  • Posted by TrustMark Team Thursday Sep 21, 2017
When looking to buy a new property, you may be impressed by an intelligent alarm system or movement sensitive lighting. But after these initial considerations have worn off and the routine of daily life sets in, how much ongoing attention do you pay to the home security measures you have in place? Would you be confident enough to say they’re up to scratch?
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Real vs Fake – when it comes to grass, can you really tell the difference?

  • Posted by TrustMark Thursday Aug 31, 2017
The word ‘fake’ isn’t a very popular one and by association we would team it with words like ‘cheap’ and ‘plastic’. But there is sometimes benefits to using fake, man-made products rather than the real deal. Take grass for example – fake grass is lower maintenance, some of them look as though they are real and they won’t change or die after a season of bad weather.
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Heroes recognised for tackling rogue traders

  • Posted by Steve Playle Wednesday Jul 19, 2017
I recently returned from venturing north of Watford Gap for the annual Chartered Trading Standards Institute conference. It was, in fact, a long way north of Watford Gap – Harrogate in North Yorkshire to be precise. The weather was appalling with heavy rain every day and temperatures a good ten degrees below those in London.
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Top TrustMark tips to make your house move a piece of cake

  • Posted by Louise Cook Friday Jul 14, 2017
Described by many as the most stressful milestone out there, moving house is not the kind of thing you want to make a habit of. Particularly if it’s your first house move, you may fall into the trap of some common pitfalls that make you want to throw all of your lovely belongings out of the nearest window. To stop that happening, we’ve put together this useful step-by-step guide which (touch wood) will make it all run smoother.
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Achieving longer lasting exteriors

  • Posted by Ansuya Solanki Tuesday Jul 11, 2017
Whether you’re looking to get your garden ready for the long summer evenings or your thoughts have already turned to weatherproofing your exterior before the temperature turns. Now’s the ideal time to shift your attention to your external projects.
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How handy is a handyman?

  • Posted by Louise Cook Tuesday Jul 04, 2017
Lots of us have different interpretations of the word ‘handyman’ – fixing a light bulb, stopping a leak or doing some simple garden maintenance are all typical jobs associated with a handyman. But when it all gets a bit complex, how do you know if you’re hiring the right person for the job?
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Gear your garden up for the heatwave

  • Posted by Louise Cook Thursday Jun 29, 2017
We’re in the midst of one of the biggest heat waves that the UK has ever had. Dog owners have been warned on the news not to walk their canines after 9am due to the extreme temperatures we’re seeing for the majority of the day. After waiting for what seems like an eternity for summer, the reality is that for many of us it’s just too hot to enjoy being outside.
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Jack of all trades – master of none?

  • Posted by Steve Playle Friday Jun 23, 2017
If you’re having some major building work carried out on your property such as an extension, the chances are that you will use a variety of tradespeople to carry out the work. A builder will sort out the brickwork and the roof, an electrician will wire you up, a plasterer will finish off the interior walls and ceiling and a plumber will sort out any water supply and waste pipes. It is quite unusual to find someone who will be competent at doing everything that you need to a high standard.
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5 things you probably didn’t know about TrustMark tradesmen

  • Posted by Louise Cook Friday Jun 16, 2017
Many customers who have done their research or perhaps been burnt at the hands of a rogue trader in the past come to us saying that they want a TrustMark tradesperson because they know they are reputable and want someone trustworthy. Others may not know where to turn to find a quality trader which isn’t surprising when there are so many possible places to look – and how do you know you can really trust someone anyway?

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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.