CD Designs Blog
Cowboy contractors supply two things: shoddy workmanship and stress. Obviously, our aim on this website is to convince you that we’re the contractors to go with; we’ve got case studies to prove our legitimacy, and it’s pretty obvious that we’re the real deal, not fly-by-nighters. But we’d like to press a more general point: you should always go with a reputable contractor (even if it isn’t us… though hopefully it will be!). If you’re in anyway suspicious about the people who are quoting for your work, steer clear of them.
Cowboy builders are increasingly using the names and logos of reputable contractors, trading on their reputation. They’ve also started directing people to look at reputable contractors’ websites, claiming that they’re their websites, as well as handing over paperwork featuring reputable contractors’ logos with altered contact details. Also, cowboys aren’t above claiming other contractors’ work as their own when people ask them for local examples of projects they’ve completed.
How do we know all this? Because we’ve had cowboys pretending to be us, directing people to our website, and claiming that they’re responsible for our finished pattern imprinted concrete driveways. And we’ve had the victims of cowboys phoning us, asking us to come and correct the work performed by cowboys pretending to be us.
A good way to tell cowboys from the real deal is to ask for a written contract after receiving a quote. Since 2008, contractors are obliged to sign a contract which recognises a customer’s “7 day cooling off period”. This means that you’ve got 7 days to change your mind on an service that costs more than £35. Not that we think that you would want to change your mind once you’ve received one of our design consultations and the quote that follows it. But cowboys are unlikely to want to sign anything legally binding. Other than that, the best way to avoid cowboys is to do your research, ask around, and if you’re the slightest bit suspicious about a contractor, trust your gut instinct.
Leave a Reply
17th May 2010