Can you spot the signs of a cowboy builder? The top building contractors know a thing or two about cowboy builders – and how to avoid hiring them!

HE NEVER RINGS YOU BACK
Like a bad date, rogue building contractors will keep you hanging on the telephone when you try and call them.

Getting halfway through a project and then ‘losing’ their phone is a telltale sign of a cowboy in our contractors’ experience!

Before you get to that stage, check out your builder answers their phone and check out their registered business premises. A website is a bonus, but you need to check out a business address and working phone line.

HE COOKS THE BOOKS
A genuine builder in Swansea will accept card payment and give a receipt. Be suspicious of any contractor who offers to do the job for cash or off the books.

Trustworthy construction companies will not work for cash in hand and you may find yourself out of pocket in the long run.

HE TURNS UP LATE AND LEAVES EARLY
Poor timekeeping should ring alarm bells for any homeowner engaging a tradesperson. If your contractor is arriving more than a few minutes late regularly, it is possible they have another job on the go.

Genuine building contractors won’t try and run two jobs together but give your project the attention it deserves until it is completed.

HE LAUGHS IN THE FACE OF DEATH
Okay, not literally. Then again, sometimes, actually, yes! Hanging off roofs, no hard hats, and a lack of safety equipment are all the classic hallmarks of a cowboy.

So, if your home builder seems blasé about health and safety, then we advise you think again about hiring them. Remember, they’re not only putting themselves at risk but also you and your family.

Ultimately, you are liable for their safety in your home and if their lax attitudes lead to accidents it could be you that foots the bill.

HE WANTS IT ALL NOW
One sure sign of a rogue trader is asking for a job to be paid in advance of ever setting foot in your property.

If your chosen construction company in Swansea is demanding money upfront, do yourself a favour and find a respectable firm who will not.

It is not normal practice for genuine contractors to ask for payment before work is completed – so be aware when hiring!

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