What’s the difference between a building guarantee & a building warranty?

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When it comes to legalities within any industry, there’s no room for misunderstandings or misconceptions, which is why it’s important for you to know the difference between a building guarantee and a building warranty. What is a Building Guarantee? A building guarantee or insurance backed guarantee is something those within a competent person scheme (CPS) should look to offer. Designed … Continue reading

How to Check a Double Glazing Guarantee is Valid.

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Offering a Double-Glazing Guarantee. Offering a guarantee used to be considered ‘best practice’ but as of 2014 it became mandatory that those within a competent person scheme (CPS) provide an insurance backed guarantee with every installation or home improvement project. As a tradesman or installation company, not only must you provide a guarantee to all customers, the guarantee itself must … Continue reading

Stand out from bogus builders as a rated tradesmen with the CPA

A recent BBC investigation uncovered that tradespeople can fraudulently advertise their services on two trusted trade sites without having any experience. Such a discovery is likely to increase fears over rogue builders, making it more difficult to attain work via online trade websites. However, becoming a rated tradesmen with the CPA will ensure that won’t happen, and here’s how: The … Continue reading

Why we are one of the most valuable associations of tradesmen to join

Are you an installer looking to join an association of tradesmen? If not, you really should be; joining one is essential for any trader. However, if you are, it’s important to choose an association of tradesmen that offers its members plenty of excellent benefits. Here at the CPA, we do just that. Here’s why we’re one of the most valuable … Continue reading

Are there penalties for builders who don’t have insurance?

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Having no builder’s insurance is highly unwise; it comes with a range of serious potential risks and sanctions. Insurance provides you with essential protection, as it can your customers. Here at the CPA, we’ve looked at some of the different types of builder’s insurance available and their associated risks. Financial punishments If you’re a limited company, or you employ one … Continue reading

5 reasons why it’s paramount for a trader to join an association of tradesmen

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According to a recent survey regarding public fears over rogue builders, 32 per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed claimed they were not pressing ahead with building work because of concerns about “dodgy” tradespeople. Therefore, joining a reputable association of tradesmen is arguably more important than ever before. Fortunately for traders, joining an association of tradesmen will ensure that they … Continue reading

Are your contract terms ‘fair’ and abiding by the Consumer Rights Act 2015?

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Before you begin any construction project, it’s vital to sign a comprehensive contract. A contract between customer and installer will help to protect both parties in the event of unforeseen problems. Avoid disputes with a fair contract Sometimes disputes between a customer and installer are unavoidable. If a customer feels that the work has not been completed to a satisfactory … Continue reading

What insurance do tradesmen need?

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If you’re a tradesman, installer, or construction company, you should be financially protected against unforeseen circumstances. Whether you’re involved in the home improvement sector or the larger construction industry, certain types of insurance are vital to protect both you and your family. At the CPA, we can arrange insurance protection for members, their employees, and family. Here are three types … Continue reading