ADVICE: How to spot a Rogue Trader

COLD CALLERS MAY USE LINES LIKE THESE TO FRIGHTEN
HOMEOWNERS INTO DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM:

  • YOU HAVE LOOSE TILES ON YOUR ROOF
  • YOUR ROOF HAS BEEN LEAKING
  • I SEE CRACKED BRICKWORK ON YOUR HOUSE
  • YOU NEED TO HAVE SOME POINTING ON YOUR CHIMNEY
  • YOU NEED SOME WORK DOING ON YOUR DRIVEWAY
  • I’M DOING SOME WORK IN YOUR AREA AND HAVE MATERIALS LEFT OVER WHICH WE NEED TO USE UP
  • I’M DOING FREE PROPERTY SURVEYS TO CHECK IF YOU HAVE RISING DAMP
  • YOUR BRICKWORK IS ACTING LIKE A SPONGE SOAKING UP THE RAINWATER

HOW DO I GET RID OF THESE ROGUES?

  • DO NOT ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION WITH THEM
  • SAYING YOU DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR
  • SAYING YOU NEED TO COMPARE PRICES
  • SAYING YOU NEED TO DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR PARTNER, SON, DAUGHTER OR FRIEND