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2016 - Say NO to Cowboy Builders

Cowboy Builders 2016 – NO More Scams!!

Say NO to Cowboy Builders and NO to scams in 2016 It’s a brand new year and I believe we need to look at adopting a new approach to it. A change of attitude is called for and the reason I say this is it has become increasingly evident to us that the Cowboy Builders really have come out to play this year. Since returning to work in January, that’s one month, we have had 27 complaints from the public concerning [...]

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Happy New Year 2016 – Need a Service Provider?

Happy New Year 2016 – All the very best Well folks, clichéd as it may be, another year has passed it’s now the NEW YEAR. Beat the Cowboy Builder would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous 2016. I expect a lot of you are planning to have all sorts of works carried out on your property throughout this year, you will no doubt have the same dilemma as last year. WHO do you get [...]

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Why You Should have a Building Contract in Place.

An Apology from Ron Pye to the Genuine Honest Trades of the UK I have received some criticism regarding information I put out in my blog piece How to avoid Cowboy Builders. I feel I must apologise if anybody was misled or my remarks could be misleading in any way. I stated that one should never give large sums of money to any builder prior to the work being completed to a satisfactory standard. This has been misconstrued as meaning do not pay [...]

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How to Avoid Cowboy Builders

Top Tips on how to avoid Cowboy Builders This is by no means an easy thing to do but we can help you avoid cowboy builders by following some of our expert advice. The biggest problem you face is you don’t know they are cowboys until it’s too late. So, the question is how can you spot them beforehand? There are a few things you can do but you must be stringent. Seek out completed works recommendations. Seek out previous satisfied clients. [...]

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How to avoid the VAT fraud scam used by Cowboy Builders

How to avoid the VAT fraud scam used by Cowboy Builders You are probably the same as me when it comes to the issue of Cowboy builders and Rogue traders. I am absolutely sick to the back teeth about reading and hearing about them albeit they are a blight on our society, they are there and we will have to live with that fact, we are never going to be able to stop them operating. Why can’t we stop them operating! [...]

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Storm & Flood Damage Response Plan – FREE SERVICE

Storm & Flood Damage Response Plan – FREE SERVICE In the final part of this 3 part blog post on storm and flood damage I will be explaining to you how we have come up with a system to provide you with reliable, trustworthy trades when you need them the most. So, how do you access our Storm & Flood Damage Response Plan service? In the first instance let me tell you that this service is completely FREE OF CHARGE. You [...]

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Storm & Flood Damage Are You Prepared? Part 2

Storm & Flood Damage Are You Prepared? Part 2 Firstly, I would like to apologise for the late running of this update to my first post on this subject. We have been upgrading our servers which has led to a few gremlins in the system but thanks to our tech’s we are back up and running. It is an unfortunate circumstance when storm & flood damage strikes rogue traders know you are distressed and you will do anything for help. They [...]

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Storm & Flood Damage Are You Prepared?

Storm & Flood Damage Are You Prepared? Firstly, apologies for being the prophet of doom, but storm & flood damage is a huge issue here in the UK and worldwide. What happens in the event of a major weather surge, inevitably properties will suffer damage or be flooded out, sometimes both? We in this country are undergoing a change in weather conditions and we have to learn to manage storm & flood damage. It’s a fact that we have to accept. The [...]