AND COWBOYS DON'T MIX
Look out for the
TV and Newspaper adverts from Gas Safe Register (the new regulatory
body for gas work in the UK). Gas work can by law only be carried out
in the UK by Gas Safe registered engineers. If you allow anyone else to
carry out any gas work in your home you are endangering your and your
Never allow anybody into your property without checking their identity.
It is a legal requirement that all Gas
Safe Register engineers carry their ID cards
at all times. Do not be afraid to ask
to see it. If you are in any doubt as to their identity you can
check via the Gas Safe website
The building and plumbing trade is often portrayed in a bad light
(sometimes fully justified) but it should be recognised there for every
'cowboy' there are numerous reputable companies. TV programmes such as
Rogue Traders do a good job highlighting 'cowboys' but it should also
be remembered that showing reputable companies would not make good
viewing. To protect yourself against 'cowboys' there are some simple
Never be tempted to use companies that knock on your door as they were "in the area and noticed you need work
doing". The chances are you don't need the work and will
Always clarify whether the price you have been given
is an Estimate or a Final Price. Estimates have a nasty
way of increasing.
Never pay in full upfront unless you have the companies address (not a PO Box) and contact details
and are given a signed receipt. If you are paying upfront, Pay by Cheque so you have proof.
Never pay for work that
you have not authorised. If additional work is required any
reputable company will explain what it is and agree a price before
carrying it out.
Always ask for a Schedule of Work
where terms of payment are agreed and signed by both parties.