|Beware Cold Snap Rogue Traders Operating|
Trading standards officers are warning householders to be on their guard
Residents are being alerted to the possibility of cowboy builders, roofers and plumbers trying to take advantage of the recent snow and ice to fleece unsuspecting homeowners.
With legitimate businesses working at full capacity over the coming days carrying out repairs to roofs, gutters, hot water boilers and heating systems, trading standards officers are concerned that dishonest traders will take advantage of people’s desperation to rip them off.
Residents are therefore being advised to be wary of any trades people who cold call and offer to do fast repairs.
The council’s consumer protection spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said:
Trading standards officers recommend getting written quotations from reputable businesses before agreeing to any work along with a detailed specification of the works needed.
People should never pay money in advance until the work is completed and they are satisfied with the work done.
It is also worth asking friends and relatives for recommendations, also on our website check out who others members recommend, also check for reputable tradespeople with consumer protection organisations such as Trustmark and Checkatrade.
Anyone wishing to report a suspicious trader in the borough can call Wandsworth’s trading standards team on (020) 8871 5863.