Was 2016 the year of the specialist tradesman?

Was 2016 the year of the specialist tradesman?

As our homes become more complex through the advent of new technologies and energy efficiency systems, homeowners are now seeking specialist tradespeople to carry out their home improvements according to TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, which today announced that it has recorded another bumper year of helping homeowners.

In 2016, more than 8.3 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find local firms and expert tradespeople to carry out their home improvements and repairs. Although the statistics reveal continued growth in demand for key trades such as builders, electricians, heating installers and plumbers, there was also a significant upturn in demand for specialist trades.

And it seems renewable energy trades dominated the searches and saw the biggest rises last year.

Searches have soared for heat pump installers (up 217% on the year before) and solar panel installers (up by 130%). Flood resilience specialists, home entertainment system installers and Velux installers and repairs have also been among the most sought-after trades out of the 49 licensed trades offered by TrustMark.

Unsurprisingly, heating engineers and plumbers and electricians saw their busiest months during the autumn months as homeowners prepared their homes for the winter ahead.

Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark, said: “With technology in our homes becoming much more sophisticated, coupled with rising expectations of home comforts such as air conditioning, home entertainment systems and adaptations for accessibility, we predict an increasing need for specialist businesses and tradespeople to help us maintain our homes.

“But it’s not always easy to know where to find a specialist tradesperson in your local area, let alone one that has been genuinely vetted and inspected and can give you a warranty on their work. This is why TrustMark was set up over 10 years ago to help homeowners. With more than 21,000 licensed trades on its database, people can feel confident that by employing a TrustMark registered business they are getting a tradesperson who is committed to working to Government-endorsed standards of competence and consumer protection.”

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