Home insurance holders can rest easy with plumbers and decorators

03 May 2005
Reassuring news for home insurance holders has come from Skipton Building Society: the old stereotype of the workshy con artist plumber and decorator no longer applies.

Skipton's first ever Tradesman Index suggests that just under two-thirds (63 per cent) of British homeowners were very satisfied with the work carried out by builders, plumbers and decorators on their property in the last three years.

In fact, 68 per cent of the householders surveyed had found their home improvements a stress-free experience.

Almost half (49 per cent) the respondents said they found their tradesman or woman extremely reliable, whilst more than a third (39 per cent) did not find the plumber or builder nipping off for a tea break every five minutes but said they worked solidly throughout the day.

"While there is no doubt 'cowboys' still exist, it's heartening to hear they're being run out of town by more professional plumbers, electricians, builders and the like," said Jennifer Holloway, head of media relations at Skipton.

The only fly in the ointment for those living in the south of England is the cost - Londoners can expect to pay an average of £68 per hour for their tradesman's time, whilst homeowners in Yorkshire are likely to shell out only £12.

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