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Employing a trader

It can be a bit of a minefield trying to choose a tradesman.  Here are some points to consider before engaging the services of anyone.

Shop around and do your research

Don’t go for the first trader you come across. It is always advisable to obtain two or three quotes from different traders in order to compare what is being offered.

Ask friends or family if they have had similar work carried out by a trader. If not, don’t be afraid to ask the trader for references or try to arrange to see previous work that they have carried out.

You may need to employ a professional to oversee larger projects , for example, an architect.

Have a plan

You may be spending a lot of money so make sure you take sufficient time to think things through and don’t be pressurised into agreeing to work that you don’t want or need. Make sure that you get a written quotation (which is legally binding) or written contract and not just an estimate (which can alter). Make sure it includes:

  • Detailed description of the work to be carried out
  • The final price. Also be wary if you’re asked for a large deposit in advance
  • When the work will start and finish
  • The full name and address of the trader on headed business paper, including a land-line telephone number. Be wary of traders who only provide a mobile number or who ‘cold call’ at your door
  • Whether or not the price includes VAT. If it does, check that the trader’s VAT registration number is displayed on the paperwork
  • If building control/planning permission is required, ascertain whether it is the trader or you that will assume responsibility. Please note that it is the householder who is ultimately responsible if building control has not been complied with

Ask questions

Any reputable trader will not mind you asking a few questions. For example:

  • Whether adequate insurance is held (to cover damage to yours or your neighbour’s property) and to cover death/personal injury
  • Whether they belong to a Trade Association. If so, you can ask to see membership details. Membership is optional except that all gas installers must be Gas Safe registered. If not registered, it is illegal to work on a gas appliance and also extremely dangerous.
  • Whether a guarantee is offered
  • If waste material is to be removed by the trader, are they a Registered Waste Carrier? New rules mean householders may be liable if ‘fly-tipped’ items are traced back to the property they originated from. A Waste Transfer Note is also required for each journey. If in doubt check with the Environment Agency.

Registered Traders Scheme

If you have small odd jobs or gardening work you’d like someone to carry out for you, be sure that they are trustworthy and reliable.

We list a number of local handypersons and gardeners on our Registered Traders Scheme, people who have signed up to a code of practice that requires them to trade fairly and honestly and abide by the law. This includes giving paperwork and charging a reasonable price.

Please note the following before contacting any of the traders on the list:

  • The undertakings by the traders have been accepted in good faith. Inclusion of a trader on the list does not mean that the Council guarantees the work or accepts any responsibility for any aspect of the work or any agreement made with the customer;
  • The list is not divided into areas as most of the traders do travel from their home base;
  • The success of the register depends upon consumer support and feedback. Please complete the feedback questionnaire supplied to you by a registered trader, or let us know if the trader fails to do this;
  • If you have any queries about the list please telephone Trading Standards on 01267 234567;
  • List is available in larger print if required.


Name of trader & details (including geographical area covered) Contact Details
Bryan Shayle
Craftsman Home Improvements
  • Hard Landscaping
  • Interior maintenance, improvements & repairs
  • Carmarthenshire & Swansea areas  
Tel: 01269 845195
Mob: 07818037213 
Mr Andrew Bowen
A & E Garden Maintenance 
  • Garden Clearance
  • General Gardening Services
    including weeding borders etc. *snow clearance/paths etc.*
  • 20 mile radius of Abergwili 
Tel: 01267 231614
Mob: 07866 569712 
Elfyn Jones
Elfyn’s Gardening Services & Handyman
  • General garden services
  • Hedge Cutting
  • Lawn Mowing
  • Pressure Washing
  • Minor household repairs
  • 15 mile radius of Carmarthen
Tel: 01267 230416
Mob: 07773 854899 (evening)
Rhian Stephens
Rhian’s Cleaning Services
  • General Domestic Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Ironing
  • Shopping
  • Power washing
  • 10 mile radius of Carmarthen
Tel: 07976 024919 
Steve Roderick
The Mower Man
  • Lawn Mowing
  • Strimming Work
  • Hedge Trimming
  • Weeding
  • Pressure Washing
  • Within 20 mile radius of Llanelli
Tel: 07870936352
Brian McEachran
Project OAP
  • Painting
  • Decorating
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Range of DIY
  • No job too small
  • 30 mile radius of Garnswllt
Tel: 07962 018 680 (daytime)
Tel: 01269 591959 (evening)
Alan James
Alan’s Gardening Services
  • Gardening
  • Small Property Repairs
  • 10 Mile Radius of Llanelli
Tel: 01554 771617
Mob: 07768 652 984 
Lyndon Carey
Handy Services
  • All aspects of interior maintenance and repairs
  • 15 miles radius of Llanelli (depending on size of job)
Tel: 01554 756779
Mob: 07876 178365
Ken Hopkins 
KH Double Glazing Services
  • All aspects of double glazing repairs
  • 10 mile radius of Llanelli (depending on size of job)
Mob: 07973 443 156
Linsey Rickwood
  • Complete domestic & commercial cleaning service;
  • Regular and ‘one off’ services;
  • End of Tenancy Cleans;
  • Moving In/Out Cleans;
  • Carpet Cleaning; and Natural Stone Care.
  • 15 mile radius of Llanelli

Mobile: 07403 998 031
Tel: 01554 757119
E-mail: p2pcleaning@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.p2pcleaning.co.uk

Alex Young
Merlin Property Maintenance
  • Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance
  • General Handyman
  • Interior and Exterior Painting
  • House, shed and garage clearances
  • Pressure Washing
  • Gutters, fascia, conservatories & windows cleaned
  • End of tenancy cleans & repairs
  • Registered Waste Carrier
  • Whole of Carmarthenshire & 25 miles radius of Carmarthen
Mobile: 07766883045
E-mail: alexcyoung@hotmail.co.uk
Geraint Davies
Home & Garden Maintenance
  • General Garden Maintenance
  • Grass cutting, strimming & hedge cutting
  • Within a 10 mile radius of Carmarthen
Tel: 01267 290394
Mobile: 07815819928
Jack Boswell
J&A Landscapes
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Interior/Exterior repairs
  • Clearance (house, garage, garden)
  • Fencing, decking
  • Landscaping
  • West Wales area
Tel: 01554 746492
Mob: 07813169745
E-mail: Jackboswell1@sky.com
Matthew Potter
  • Kitchen/bathroom refurbishment
  • Tiling
  • Painting
  • 10 mile radius of Kidwelly
Mob: 07766656719
E-mail: potter226@btinternet.com
Pam's Spic & Span Homes
  • General domestic & commercial cleaners
  • 25 mile radius of Ponthenri
Mob: 07581400501/07875373225
E-mail: mail@pamsspicandspanhomes.com
John Williams, Local Handyman
  • Gardening
  • Walling
  • Paving
  • Decorating
  • Fencing
  • Grass Cutting
  • Ammanford, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandysul & Lampeter area
Mob: 07890 553689

Page updated on: 02/08/2017

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