Avoiding rogue traders - a tried and tested approach to good workmanship  
TV show Rogue Traders has exposed businesses and individuals for wrong doings conning people out of their hard earned cash, but what can you do to ensure your project doesn’t fall into the wrong hands? The Office of Fair trading and Citizens Advice get over 125,000 complaints about dodgy maintenance or repair work every year. 
Construction consultancy and chartered building surveyors Navas Associates, run by Nick Navas with over 35 years in the industry, says it’s essential that you know who you are dealing with. 
Besides doing your research in the hopes of discovering a reputable company, Navas say finding a consultancy firm who deal with honourable tradesmen with an open portfolio of successful projects can be the most stress-free way to go about things. And here’s what you can do to find the right consultant for you. 
•Make sure your consultant is properly insured 
•Make sure they are willing to meet with you regularly and discuss any changes to a project as required 
•Ask for their track record or case studies to see what kind of projects they have been handling and how this fits in with yours 
•Speak to their former clients and get a feel for their online reviews and customer satisfaction rating in general 
•Above all you need to find a team that is friendly and reliable. Things don’t always go to plan so finding a company with good ethics is very important. How they respond to issues down the line is equally as essential as their starting pitch. 

Possible signs of a dodgy building company 

Do they ask for money up front? A deposit may be acceptable once terms have been agreed, bit a large sum? Question that.  
They can't start work for 6 months. If you pay them and they disappear for months it's not a good sign. A good firm should have the resources to undertake your work sooner rather than later within reason.  
They produce a very cheap quote. There's a saying 'you get what you pay for'. I am afraid in building this is often the case.  
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