Buyers Should Be Aware Of Hidden DIY Disasters According To Ratedpeople.com

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Individuals looking to invest in a new home should be wary of any unseen DIY problems according to Ratedpeople.com, the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen.

It is good practice to have all of the plumbing and electricity lines of a home checked annually, and home owners must ensure that the tradesman they commission to do this is qualified and in the case of any gas work, Gas Safe registered.

Individuals looking to invest in a new home should be wary of any unseen DIY problems according to Ratedpeople.com, the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen.

Homes showing signs that the previous owner may have undertaken DIY activity should always be thoroughly checked by professionals, to ensure that the house is safe to inhabit. Failure to do so could result in accident or injury so it is vital that home owners take past DIY projects into account.

Sources of heat such as fireplaces or radiators that have been installed illegally by an unqualified individual may not be safe to use, particularly where gas and electricity are involved. The incorrect installation of plumbing such as gas and water pipes may result in damage to a home, resulting in a potentially large expense and more importantly lethal danger.

Ottokar Rosenberger, Sales and Marketing Director of Ratedpeople.com, said: "Home owners must always ensure that any home they are moving into is safe, particularly when it comes to manually installed heating and electricity.

"It is good practice to have all of the plumbing and electricity lines of a home checked annually, and home owners must ensure that the tradesman they commission to do this is qualified and in the case of any gas work, Gas Safe registered."

Ratedpeople.com helps home improvers find recommended tradesmen quickly and easily. You can choose from 24 different trades and find tradesmen such as local heating engineers, local plumbers, or a registered electrician.

Every month, Ratedpeople.com manages over £30m in home improvement projects with more than 1,000 tradesmen signing up, making it the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. There are more than 55,000 ratings on Ratedpeople.com to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by previous customers who find them through the site. This results in one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the web.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesman in your area, visit Ratedpeople.com.

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