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18 Checkatrade Feature Behind the sign


You may have seen the logo on advertisements, but what does the Checkatrade sign stand for?


Checkatrade.com has been established since 1998 and was set up as a tool for consumers to check out a trades person or service provider prior to employing them to undertake work in or around their home. Over the last 12 years Checkatrade.com has grown from strength to strength. Consumers use this free service be- cause they are able to choose who to use based on the information Checkatrade provides.


Since Checkatrade.com started there are more and more companies starting up offering various types of services for the public to find a trade or service provider.


Checkatrade.com is unique in that it provides im- portant information for the general public to decide who you want to use. The main factors of course are that they have the right qualifications or gov-


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ernment accreditations in order to undertake the work, they have the right Public Liability Insurance and that they have the right skills and a good repu- tation and work standards.


One way to satisfy yourself a trader a trader is reli- able is by their reputation. Very often we will ask a neighbour ‘Who did your extension?’ or ‘What plumber do you use?’, because we trust that our friends, neighbours or family members will be hon- est with us.


Checkatrade.com know how important it is for con- sumers to have the correct information to hand because we all need information to make the choices that are right for us. You would never buy a car without finding out basic facts about it first - this is just basic common sense.


So why do we hire somebody to come into our homes without finding out about them first? All Checkatrade.com members have criteria to follow prior to them becoming a member, which you can see from their website www.checkatrade.com.


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