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Date Jul 30, 2007
FLOOD VICTIMS: DON'T FALL VICTIM TO COWBOY TRADESMEN
Sceptical Brits are convinced tradesmen bump up their prices when they're working on an insurance job, according to a new survey.

As thousands of householders continue the task of assessing the damage caused by the recent floods, the survey revealed that 84 per cent of people believe that cowboy builders are likely to capitalise on the flood victims to line their own pockets.

A massive 92 per cent of homeowners thought that this was morally wrong.

More than 15 per cent of all British homeowners have at some point suffered from damage to their home as a result of harsh weather conditions and many have had bad experiences with tradesman as a result.

The poll of 1000 homeowners commissioned by insurance firm Cornhill Direct revealed:

. 57 per cent have had quotes from tradesman which differ hugely

. A whopping 96 per cent of homeowners believe that builders don't care when a job is being paid for by an insurance company

. A third of adults have had rogue tradesmen turning up on their doorstep offering their services

. 16 per cent have been the victim of a cowboy builder

. 41 per cent of people have been told to pay in cash so the crafty tradesman will knock off VAT

Harry Rule, Cornhill Direct property claims manager, said: 'People who have been affected by flooding should not be tempted by the 'I can fix it quick' claim. For flood damage, a quick fix is not possible.

'Always make sure tradesmen are who they say they are. If in doubt local trading standards should be able to provide advice. Get an estimate before allowing work to start and let your insurance company know what the estimate is and who has given that estimate.'