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Sunday, 20 March 2016 11:20

Glass Repairs and Installation – How to Avoid Rogue Traders

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It’s really no secret that the UK is a hotbed for rogue traders, who do little for the reputation of the county’s honest and reputable service providers. Nobody sets out to get scammed, but the tactics so many of these traders adopt can be so convincing that you really don’t realise you’re being conned, until it’s too late.

From glass repairs to double-glazing installation and all else besides, it’s in your best interests to know exactly who you are dealing with. On the plus side, it doesn’t have to be a particularly difficult job – just keep tabs on the following:

  • First of all, as a general rule of thumb you should always be extremely careful when a service provider knocks on your door out of the blue. Even if your failed units have clearly been spotted and the visitor offers to sort the job out for you, it’s never a good idea to agree to repairs right there on the spot. The reason being that you do not have sufficient time to check them out, do your homework and make sure they can be trusted.
  • The same also goes for any unexpected visitors who come to your door and try to tell you that something to do with your property isn’t safe. They’ve noticed something not quite right with your windows and doors and have come to offer their services. This is a very common scam tactic and one to be on the lookout for at all times.
  • Pressure tactics are also unacceptable and should not be tolerated from any glass suppliers or fitters of any kind. If at any time you find yourself being rushed or pushed into making a decision, it is clear that the service provider in question does not have your best interests at heart. As such, it is not a service provider you should be doing business with at all.
  • Something else to be on the lookout for is any trader – online or in-person – that appears unable or unwilling to offer you a concrete and fixed quotation for the work that needs to be carried out. More often than not, this means that the service provider has every intention (or at least the option) of jacking up the price further down the line and ultimately leaving you out of pocket. In addition, any quotation offered should be provided in writing – verbal contracts are often too risky to deal with.
  • Last but not least, if you are offered a deal which in any way seems too good to be true, chances are it probably is. High-quality glazing products and services generally retail between a certain average range of prices, meaning that while there’s always room for manoeuvre, outright bargains should be treated with suspicion. If you are offered something for an exponentially lower price than it is available anywhere else, you might want to think carefully about the legitimacy of what’s on offer.

For more information on how to avoid rogue traders at all costs, get in touch with out dedicated customer support team today.

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