Wednesday, 29 January 2014

TrustMark numbers soar in 2013

TrustMark, the government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, has recorded its greatest year to date for tradesmen details displayed on its website.

In 2013 more than five million (5,277,705) search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find local tradesmen to carry out work on their homes or gardens.

During 2013, the average number of details displayed across all trades rose by 36 per cent compared to the same period in 2012. Solar panel installers (131 per cent), installers for cavity, internal and external wall insulation (92 per cent) and window installers and glaziers (70 per cent) saw the largest rise last year, primarily due to homeowners wanting to reduce their rising energy costs. Electricians increased by 26 per cent during 2013 with October and November having the largest searches carried out by homeowners.

In December, TrustMark saw a surge in demand from the previous month for fence installers (65 per cent), underground waterproofing specialists (65 per cent) and flood recovery specialists (313 per cent). The severe weather conditions experienced throughout the UK would have contributed significantly to these growths.

Soaring energy prices coupled with extreme weather have been key contributors for homeowners seeking out our tradesmen last year.

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