TrustMark has urged the government and planning departments to help homeowners find reputable tradesmen following the proposed relaxation of planning rules for home extensions.
TrustMark chairman Liz Male said: “There has been much talk of how this new housing plan could help fuel the economy, and there’s no doubt that anything that gets Britain building again is a very good move.
“But our concern is that relaxing the planning laws on home extensions and other major building projects could end up fuelling the black economy.”
TrustMark helps people find local trustworthy firms as it has more than 21,000 licenced trades on its database. Each firm is inspected onsite and independently checked by experienced specialist inspectors.
Advice is provided online, by telephone and via TrustMark’s new ‘talk to your tradesman’ app.
Ms Male added: “We would always advise anyone considering building an extension, conservatory, loft conversion or other major building work to use a contract with their tradesmen.
“The free TrustMark app is a particularly important tool that can help with that, prompting you to ask all the right questions.”