Choosing a trader
We do advise exercising caution when getting any home maintenance or improvement works done. You should never deal with uninvited doorstep traders or pay large sums of money upfront. For major works, payment should only be made in stages based on completion against an agreed schedule of works. Be wary of responding to leaflet drops without doing some additional checks and remember reputable traders tend to be well booked up so will be unlikely to offer to start works immediately.
Citizens Advice has published guidance that should help you save time, money and stress and ensure you choose a reputable and reliable trader. By following a few basic ground rules you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Read the Citizens Advice guidance
Where you can't get good local recommendations then there are number of schemes that could help you find good traders and some examples are listed below. Southark's own Builders Award Scheme has been discontinued due to the prevalence of other schemes in the marketplace.
Examples of Schemes
You can also refer to our pages on rogue traders and doorstep crime for more advice.
- Buy with confidence scheme
- Gas Safe Register (anyone carrying out gas installation work must be on this register)
- Handyperson - if you're aged over 60 or have a disability
- Kent County Council scheme
- London Borough of Bexley scheme
- NICEIC (electrical contractor register)
- Surrey County Council scheme
- Trustmark Scheme
- Which? Trusted Traders
Page last updated: 01 March 2023