CD Designs Blog
We’ve written before about cowboy builders. They’re a plague on all aspects of the construction industry, including the pattern imprinted concrete driveway business. But at least people are becoming more aware of the problem. Previously we’ve warned you about dodgy contractors passing themselves off as reputable contractors. Now the Daily Telegraph has published a useful guide to avoiding problems with cowboys.
While that article isn’t exhaustive, it is all sound advice. As the Telegraph article points out, a reputable contractor should be able to furnish you with details of previous work that they’ve completed. We like to go one step further; that’s why we provide an extensive online database of case studies, where you can get a look at some of the pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios we’ve installed.
When you’re looking for a team to come and install a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, you need to ensure that they’re trustworthy and capable of the task at hand. A pattern imprinted concrete drive should look good and stay structurally sound for years; it won’t if you entrust it to rip-off artists. If you’d like to talk to some people who know what they’re doing and aren’t just in it for a fast buck, remember that we offer free, no-obligation quotations.
We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to anyone who has been the victim of a con-artist.
12th October 2010
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.
17th May 2010