Comments: How do they know?

I don't know how "they" know - but that film is a seventies one, Carry-On era with (I think) Robin Asquith. So while it's not acceptable now, it was then, and that was the promotional material available for it.

As for bad-plumber list, the only thing I can think of is CheckATrade (and I only know of that from the bloody annoying advert they had a while back)

Posted by Lyle on 31 July, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Further to that, there's this advice from CAB, which may help

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/find-a-trader-and-check-you-can-trust-them/

Posted by Lyle on 31 July, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Desite the advertising and printed promotional material that inspires confidence, we've had bad experiences with looking for tradespeople on checkatrade Lyle. And findmybuilder, and another one I can't remember.

People have agreed to come and see us to quote, then haven't bothered to turn up, and don't ring or email to say why, so we have written a true review about that and the sites have refused to publish it.

Just like all similar referral sites, and sites reviewing holiday accommodation - oh, and the M&S review site that only accepts positive reviews.

But, I think we're getting there now... I have started stopping to speak to tradespeople I see working locally (van parked outside), asking to speak to the boss, then, if I like him, explaining what we need and asking if it's the sort of work they do, and, if so, asking them to come round to quote. Seems to be working so far.

Posted by Blue Witch on 31 July, 2020 at 4:58 PM

Some local councils have a list of "trusted traders" on their website - worth checking?
Sue

Posted by Sue on 31 July, 2020 at 6:40 PM

Have you joined Next Door? You can ask for recommendations on there.

Posted by Debster on 1 August, 2020 at 7:57 AM

Next Door doesn't exist for this area - but Mr BW seems to spend his time on the one for Coven Sud area refuting incorrect local gossip about official council (Parish or District) things going on.

NCC Trusted Traders has almost nothing listed, and nothing for this area - but, again, it is a self-promotion scheme, and doesn't seem to accept negative feedback.

Thanks for all the ideas though - it does reassure me that I'm not overlooking any possible sources.

There just are very very few tradespeople to go round, and most of them are 50+, so it's a good job we are doing this now not in 20 or 30 years time.

Let's hope the current revivial of the apprentice scheme and vocational courses help create a new younger generation of crafts and trades people.

Posted by Blue Witch on 1 August, 2020 at 8:09 AM