AND LOST DEPOSITS CAN BE AVOIDED
HOMEOWNERS worried about
how to find a trusted tradesperson and losing a substantial deposit
in the light of the recent collapse of high street names such as
Moben and Dolphin should ensure that their chosen retailer is a
member of a recognised trade association and offers deposit
protection, so says Simon Miller of In-toto Southport.
In-toto Southport is a member of the only national trade association
for specialist kitchen bathroom and bedroom retailers, the Kitchen
Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, (KBSA).
“Finding a reliable tradesperson remains a worrying issue for
many people embarking on a home makeover. The recent high profile administrations have added even more
stress as consumers know that if they are caught up in the failure
of a business it will result in losing money and maybe an unfinished
There are a number of websites now that claim to offer a database of
recommended tradesmen but we would urge homeowners to also check for
membership of a recognised trade association as well.”
As a KBSA member In-toto Southport offers the security of a national
trade association that upholds standards of design, supply,
installation and customer service. They also offer a reassuring
ConsumerCare Plus insurance scheme which covers the deposit, advance
payments, work in progress and a 6- year warranty for extra peace of
In-toto stores also follow an Approved Code of Practice and is
subject to strict monitoring to ensure continued professional
service. All KBSA members are carefully vetted financially prior to
admission and they must have been trading for at least two years in
order to be considered for membership.
All KBSA members are listed on the KBSA website, www.kbsa.org.uk,
and a postcode search will locate the nearest retailers.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?? USE THESE GUIDELINES
In-toto Southport recommends using the following guidelines on
investing in a home makeover:
Visit a company that has a showroom so you can inspect the quality
of the product and the standard of installation.
Choose a retail member with a
track record of good installations and ask to speak to some past
customers and even visit them in their homes if possible.
Be careful about paying in full for your kitchen in advance. You
should not pay a deposit of more than 25% and it is likely that you
will be required to make an interim payment, ask for a written
payment schedule which includes the timings of any interim payment
and final retention.
Make sure you have a written quotation that covers every aspect of
the job, including fitting, flooring and any structural alterations
you may have discussed.
Don’t sign anything unless you are prepared to honour your side of
the contract. Some terms and conditions have expensive cancellation
clauses. If in doubt contact the KBSA.
RUN FOR FUN AND
HELP SAVE LIVES!
NEXT month the Big Fun Runs, a series of
family friendly 5k runs, will be taking place across the country and
one of these runs is coming to Liverpool. The Muscular Dystrophy
Campaign, the leading UK charity helping people with muscle wasting
conditions, is appealing to Merseyside residents to take part in the
run and raise sponsorship to help pay for continuing research into
treatments and cures for muscle disease.
Each venue has been carefully selected with each race taking place
exclusively within scenic parks that are both safe and pleasant
running environments. The Liverpool Big Fun Run will be in Sefton
Park on Saturday August 6 starting at 11am. Entry is open to all
ages and all abilities and organisers are particularly keen to see
as many as possible in fancy dress to add to the fun element of the
Participants are asked to try to raise a minimum of £100 in
sponsorship and will receive a charity branded running vest or
t-shirt to show their support for the charity on the day of the run
along with a certificate of thanks after the event.
Volunteer Fundraising Manager for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign,
Charles Horton said:- “We are urging the people of Merseyside
to raise sponsorship by taking part in the Liverpool Big Fun Run
which will help us to continue our work into funding pioneering
research for a cure for muscle disease. The run promises to be a
great event for all the family and even the under fives can enter
free of charge!”
For more details about the Big Fun Run please
the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Regional Office.
Did you know that approximately 8000 children and adults in the North West are
directly affected by muscle disease, a condition which causes
muscles to progressively waste and weaken. Muscle disease is
life-limiting? There are no cures. The Muscular Dystrophy
Campaign is the leading UK charity focusing on muscle-wasting
disease. It has pioneered the search for treatments and cures for
more than 50 years, and is dedicated to improving the lives of all
children and adults affected by muscle disease.
We fund world-class research to find effective treatments and cures;
provide practical information, advice and emotional support for
individuals, their families and carers; campaign to raise awareness
and bring about change; award grants towards the cost of specialist
equipment; and provide specialist education and development for