Older homeowners worry about finding good tradesmen

When you need plumbing work carrying out in your home, or a new shower installing, chances are you'll want a qualified tradesman to do it for you.

But do you know where to go to find a reputable plumber? If you are an older homeowner aged 65 or over you may be among the quarter who admit they have little confidence in this area.

According to a survey carried out by government-endorsed find-a-tradesperson scheme TrustMark, some 23 per cent of over-65s don't know where to go to find information about selecting a tradesman.

Consequently, around a fifth of them are either leaving household repairs and maintenance undone or are attempting to carry out the work themselves, even though they lack the necessary skills.

Many of those who do bring in plumbers, builders and other tradesmen could end up falling foul of rogues, as only two per cent of survey respondents said they choose someone based on their level of qualifications.

The results of the survey have prompted TrustMark to team up with older persons' charity Age UK and place its new directory on Age UK's website.

This will enable over-65s and their families to choose from a list of vetted professionals in their local area without having to visit the TrustMark site specifically.

"We are working together to encourage people in later life to undertake necessary work in their homes with confidence, armed with the right questions to ask and safe in the knowledge that they have the best of the nation's tradesmen and women working in their homes," said TrustMark chair Liz Male.

Earlier this year it was revealed that searches for accredited tradesmen through the TrustMark directory had risen by 38 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year.

In October and November specifically, searches for plumbers and heating engineers were up 61 per cent on the same period in 2013.

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