Rogue builders cause £6.8bn damage

| March 23, 2010 | 0 Comments
Rogue builders cause £6.8bn damage

Cowboy builders have caused almost £7 billion of damage to UK homes, according to new research published this week.

A study by Santander found that nearly one in five (18%) UK households has fallen victim to “Bodger the Builder”, at an average cost of £1,592 per botched job.

Santander estimates the total cost of sloppy workmanship on UK homes at £6.8 billion.

“Anyone can call themselves a builder, but the potential damage that could be caused by rogue tradesmen is staggering,” said Miguel Sard, CEO of Santander Insurance UK.

He added that homeowners looking to get building work done should check the credentials of the builders they employ.

“When we asked those that had been victims of cowboy workmanship what had made them choose that builder, one in ten people said that they simply went for the cheapest option rather than making sure the contractor was recommended by a recognised trade body such as the Federation of Master Builders.”

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