Helping you avoid rogue traders

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Lincolnshire Trading Standards has issued advice to help avoid rogue traders hoping to exploit the springtime push for home improvements.

People are urged to choose carefully when taking on workmen and to only select those who are well known to do a good job.

It’s hoped the tips will help people avoid getting conned this spring.

Common tactics used by rogue traders include professional-looking advertising, cold-calling and high-pressure selling. They’re all easy to avoid, if you stick to three golden rules:

l Get at least three quotes.

l Use companies that have been recommended, are part of an approved trader scheme, or whose work you’ve seen.

l Keep control and don’t feel pressured.