Having your home renovated or extended is a great way to add value to your home and make daily life much more enjoyable.
But what about the process of the build? This can be a stressful time. How so?
- Parts of your house will be out of use where the builders are working
- Essential rooms like the kitchen or bathroom may be out of us or restricted whilst the builder carry out their ways
- Walkways might become blocked
- Your driveway could have a skip on it
- There could be dust sheets down on the floor
- Health and Safety could be a worry, especially if you have children
- The noise of the builders could become very frustrating
But there is one potential issue many people do not even consider and for the very unfortunate, on rare occasions, they find out the hard way after they are victims to despicable crimes.
Who really are the builders working on your home? Near your children? Or working for your elderly parent?
In January, a builder in Manchester was jailed for 3 years for Fraud and damaging property after a 94-year-old woman was left ‘ashamed and humiliated’ after a swindling builder conned her out of her life savings. He had 11 previous convictions . Read the article here
Many of these people committing the crimes are not first time offenders, they have a criminal record and have carried out something similar before.
This is just one example of why it is important we try and do all we can to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones when choosing a builder.
In light of this Jeffery & Wilkes have decided to start carrying out DBS checks on their workers.
What is a DBS Check?
A DBS check is a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions – carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We will pay for a check on our workers and when we receive the report back we will get a certificate if they are all clear and then we can use them for work.
Peace of Mind
Knowing that the tradesmen working on your house do not have previous convictions adds an additional layer of protection to your family and one less stress when going through a renovation or extension