Trustmark landscape searches climb 15 per cent

Landscapers, tree surgeons and fence builders all saw a rise in the number of people searching for their services using the TrustMark website last year, new figures show.

Increase in searches for TrustMark-registered contractors. Image: Pixabay
Increase in searches for TrustMark-registered contractors. Image: Pixabay

More than 8.1 million search results were provided to homeowners who used the Government-endorsed scheme's website and phone helpline to find local firms and tradespeople - up 12 per cent compared to the same period in 2014 and up 55 per cent since 2013.

Interior design jobs and kitchen specialists were among the biggest rises in search queries, but registered roofers and tree surgeons also saw busy months in January and February following major storms. Unsurprisingly, once the weather recovered there were also significant increases in searches for fence installers (up 19 per cent), garden landscapers (up 15 per cent) and drive and patio contractors also seeing good increases during spring and summer.

Simon Ayers, chief executive of TrustMark, said: "Homeowners are increasingly understanding the importance of only using professional firms to do their home improvements and repair work, particularly at a time when people are concerned about their finances.

"TrustMark provides homeowners with extra security, the reassurances they are looking for and the confidence that they are working with tradespeople who are the best in the business.

"We continue to work closely with our approved scheme operators and TrustMark-registered firms, as well as with influential consumer organisations such as Age UK, Citizens Advice and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Together we are all signposting the public to TrustMark."

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