Why use Checked and Vetted?
There are many thousands of tradesmen and women in our region and Checked and Vetted is a quick and easy way for you to research those willing to be vetted and monitored.
All of the Tradespersons and firms listed in Checked and Vetted have been met by us and have passed our vigorous Checking and Vetting procedure. This means that they are all established and reputable professionals, who have good track records.
All have signed our Code of Conduct
As part of the Checked and Vetted philosophy, we believe that a company or sole trader should wish to be accountable for their work. Our Code of Conduct has been developed in order to demonstrate that a reputation consists of several key qualities. At Checked and Vetted, reputation is proven through the adherence to our Code and the publication of actual customer reviews,
Our strict criteria allows the householder a more informed choice and will in turn reduce the risk of using a rogue trader.
As part of the Terms & Conditions of becoming a Checked and Vetted Tradesperson, all members agree to the following Code of Conduct.
· To be met in person at their premises.
· To present two (2) trade references and three (3) customer references.
· To be properly insured, to their industry standards and to have up to date accreditations. We will have seen all relevent documents.
· If new to the UK, to have all relevant working permits and trading requirements.
· To agree to distribute Checked and Vetted Job Report Cards and for all reviews to be published.
Checked and Vetted was started in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear and we help householders find professional, reputable tradesmen. We launched our business in October 2011 and have grown our understanding of householders needs through experience and through the application of Trading Standards guidelines and UK Consumer Law..
Importantly, we operate an information service that everyone can use. We are aware that not everyone (particularly the vulnerable) use the internet. So our service is also available over the phone and through our directories which are distributed in 21 areas 3 times a year.
We respect your privacy and comply with the Data Protection Act. With Checked and Vetted you never need to enter your details to get a quote. We provide you with useful information about Local, Vetted Tradesmen and this helps you to choose the most suitable for you. You can then call them direct – knowing all about them and their track record.
Checked and Vetted also contribute to Age Uk Sunderland, as well as generating work and boosting the local economy.
Here in the North East we live in what was the worst affected area in the UK for Rogue Traders, so you need to find a reputable trader who wants to be accountable for their work. So how do you go about that?
We don’t need to worry you, we are all fully aware of the challenges of calling unchecked traders – shoddy workmanship; projects running over time and over budget. So before you invite someone into your home these following steps should keep you safer:
· Get recommendations from people you trust e.g. word of mouth
· Research local businesses and prepare a supplier shortlist
· Check out all references and speak to their previous customers if possible
· Review examples of their work
· Send out lots of emails or make lots of phone calls asking for quotes
· Review the quotes, meet with your shortlist and make your decision
Gosh! It all sounds very time consuming doesn’t it?
That’s where Checked and Vetted steps in – we do all that research and checking for you!
Checked and Vetted is where you can get information on vetted, reviewed and qualified traders. You can check out their Company overviews, click through to their websites, see a gallery of their work and read feedback from their recent customers (All verified by us).
You can contact them directly and then discuss the project in hand!
All the time knowing our dedicated Vetting officers have interviewed and screened them at their premises, made them sign a contract that ensures they abide by our strict code of conduct and therefore giving you peace of mind in your choice and for local work to stay in the hands of the very best traders.
Don’t forget to make sure you return the Free Post Job Report Card, you can fill it in online too and if necesarry you can phone in with your review (especially usrful for the visually impaired etc)!