It’s your doorstep, so you decide

YOUR doorstep, your decision is the message this summer to householders concerned about traders knocking at their door.

Northumberland Trading Standards Service, supported by Northumberland Carers and the Safer Northumberland Partnership, is participating in the Office of Fair Trading’s campaign to raise awareness of the seasonal increase in doorstep selling, particularly to senior citizens.

At this time of year some people may feel that their homes require a bit of care after the harsh winter and gardens are in need of attention.

And traditionally in the summer more tradesmen will call at the doorstep unannounced.

But they are legally obliged to give written details of a seven day cooling off period.

If a householder wants work to start within that time they should be asked for written consent. Traders who fail to comply with these requirements may be committing a criminal offence.

Jimmy Power, Business and Consumer Protection Manager, said that for extra piece of mind householders should contact the Northumberland and North Tyneside Trader Register to find local tradesmen who have been vetted by Trading Standards.

He said: “These tradesmen will all carry the correct paperwork, have full insurances and have committed to the scheme code of practice and agreed to provide high level customer service.”

For details of tradesmen in your area, telephone 0845 6006400 or visit