With thousands of people expected to carry out DIY and home improvements over the coming months, residents are being encouraged by Walsall Council to make sure that if they do work themselves that it complies to safety standards, and if they employ a trader to make sure they are honest and reliable.
Walsall TraderRegister is a Trading Standards scheme which is designed to put residents in touch with traders who are committed to doing a good job at a fair price.
Local firms and traders were invited to join and register their business after agreeing to conform to the Walsall TraderRegister Code of Practice.
The website has recently been revamped and residents are encouraged to take advantage of the scheme.
To date, businesses from a variety of trade types including builders, electricians, tree surgeons, painters and decorators, bricklayers, fencing and drainage firms have been added to the database.
Lorraine Boothman, interim Trading Standards manager at Walsall Council, said: “Walsall TraderRegister helps people find a trader to work on their home or garden. Although traders participating in the scheme are not approved by Trading Standards or any other agency, members have pledged to work with the council to find a solution to any potential problems or issues. We would encourage people to use this free service to ensure a good job is done.”
To find a reliable, professional and honest trader, residents can take advantage of two options. For those with access to the internet, they can visit www.TraderRegister.org.uk/Walsall and click ‘Find a Trader’. They will be able to search the database for tradespeople who are on the TraderRegister database.
If there are no traders in the category they have selected, traders on nearby similar registers will be listed.
Businesses and traders who are interested in joining the scheme can apply online at www.TraderRegister.org.uk/Walsall or contact Walsall Trading Standards on 01922 652246 and request an application form.