January 15, 2015 / By yorkshiredampcourse
TRUSTMARK HIT RECORD NUMBERS FOR 2014
– Searches for accredited tradesmen up 38% –
Following last winter’s extreme weather, flood prevention measures have been a priority for many homeowners according to TrustMark, who announced that it has recorded its highest number of tradesmen details on its website, www.trustmark.org.uk to date. More than 7.2 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find expert tradesmen to carry out work on their homes or gardens during 2014; an increase of 38% compared to the same period in 2013.
Specialists in underground waterproofing (+1,031%!) and damp proofing & timber treatment (+81%) saw the largest rise last year across all trades in 2014 and have been two of the most sought-after trades out of the 34 licensed master trades offered by TrustMark. This highlights that homeowners have been looking for experts to help them protect their homes with flood prevention measures to try and avoid a repeat of last winter.
October and November also saw an increase in trades for expert roofers (70%), builders (67%), plumbers and heating engineers (61%) and electricians (41%), which together represent 47% of all the searches across the trades during 2014. Autumn is typically the time of year that homeowners prepare their homes for the arctic months ahead and would have contributed significantly to these growths.
“TrustMark tradesmen’s details have been increasing year on year and this considerable success has been a result of a number of increased marketing initiatives carried out during 2014 and working closely in partnership with Government departments, our member firms, scheme operators and key consumer organisations such as Citizens Advice, Age UK and the Trading Standards Institute, who are all signposting people to TrustMark.”
TrustMark continues to expand its database of around 14,000 individual firms in the UK, providing national coverage with more than 21,000 licensed trades searchable on its database.
Reproduced from an article published by The Property Care Association