Be cautious about responding to flyers, use local, known traders, get a range of quotes. A Lancashire resident recently contacted a trader via a flyer, was visited, and on advice from the trader as to what needed doing, agreed a price of £1500 for what turned out to be a very minor repair. The trader refused a cheque, insisted on cash, and became aggressive, threatening to pour tar over the driveway.
Trading Standards advice is to always say no to cold callers. The Safetrader scheme can help you find a trader in your area, contact 0303 333 1111 or go to www.safetrader.org.uk