New tool helps over 65?s find trusted landscapers

TrustMark and Age UK have launched a new TrustMark directory to help older people find trusted landscapers.

The tool – which can be found on Age UK?s website – gives older people a trusted resource to turn to when looking for quality tradespeople by providing them and their families with a selection of vetted traders in their area.

By using the tool, users are assured that they hiring trusted people, who have passed the most stringent business and customer service checks and have also had previous worked checked onsite by qualified inspectors.

The tool will also be an advantage to members of The Association of Professional Landscapers which is an annually inspected membership of domestic landscapers licensed by TrustMark.

Donna Hanlon, HTA business development manager, said: ?We are pleased to have the opportunity to be able to give confidence to this vulnerable community, so that they can find a trustworthy landscaper who will extend the enjoyment of their garden?.

New research by TrustMark revealed that almost a quarter of 65+ year-olds don?t know where to find information and are not confident when it comes to choosing a tradesman to carry out work in their homes. As a result one in five older people are attempting to carry out the work themselves.

TrustMark also found that only 2% of the older people questioned said they based their selection of a tradesperson on whether or not they had the right qualifications for the job.

John Edwards, head of service delivery at Age UK, said: ?Our work with TrustMark means we are able to offer an important resource for older homeowners looking for expert and trusted tradespeople?.

For more information and to find a tradesperson in your area visit www.ageuk.org.uk/trustmark.

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