A very nice guy turned up at my door from a marketing company offering a free quote to check the outside of my house. I agreed. The guy that turned up was a little smarmy but I decided to hear what he had to say. To be honest, I was fully expecting him to say everything was fine. After 2.5 hours and a video of Michael Fish, he quoted me over £30, 000 for work to the outside of my house. He said that if I agreed immediately and had the work done within 3-90 days I could have a £8, 800 reduction. Wow. He really scared me with damp issues, told me how much house will be riddled with damp unless I get the work done immediately. Despite everything, I said that I would leave it. He wasn't happy and said it was a terrible shame as the price quoted was the lowest he'd seen and couldn't believe I was giving up such an amazing deal. I said that I simply couldn't afford it and didn't want to pay it off over the next 10 years. That night, I didn't sleep and it's worried me ever since.
This morning, I arranged for builders to come over from "Checkatrade". They were fantastic. They told me that there were parts of the external walls that could do with minor work but that it certainly wasn't desperate and probably advisable to do something in about 2 years time. I asked for a ball park figure for the work. They said approximately £5, 500 which would include re-painting. That sounded so much more reasonable and understandably and I'm so much happier now. And I've got a couple of years to budget for the cost which is a sixth of the cost quoted by Andura Guard. More like BE ON YOUR GUARD!!
Shockingly, we just almost missed to get conned today by a Justin Millborn from ANDURA GUARD.
Dad had a leaflet put through our door last week, saying that a free survey would be provided for old properties dating back to 1900s, to quote a price for rendering services.
The man and his Swindon Assistant 'Elliott' came in and sat for over 3 hours last Saturday and after having had a look at our property said that the bricks on our wall needed rendering as this was causing problems with the way the weather was, and that the rendering would provide a safe measure to protect the house.
We were still not sure about this as it seemed to good to be true. The intrest rate was quoted at 0.99% YES!!! because Dad was over 65 years apparently and could have a discount of that much. Seemed quite un real, but then thought maybe they were genuine as we even say Michael Fish on their video.
Spoke to Justin again today and finalised the contract for £7250.00. My cousin happened to be home that evening and asked if we had done checks on the company, and to my surprise I was shocked to find out that they are Cold Callers!...
Rang and stopped Mums direct debit with the bank...They say that they get this Intrest with Barclays, but the Telephone assistant was more shocked to know that a company was atcually offering 0.99%
DO NOT DEAL WITH THESE PEOPLE!!! COLD CALLERS AND FRAUDSTERS!!!
They have changed their name several times. Check them on Company's House. Address is Sunley House, 57-67 High Street, Edgware, Middx, HA8 7DD. Phone number [protected]
BE AWARE !!! recently this company ANDURA GUARD visited a elderly friend of mine (cold calling ) in february 2010, and spoke to her about needing some work on the back of her terrace house, they were with her for some time to convince her the work needed doing, and even showed her a video with " michael fish " talking about the product .
The price was the scaffolding to be included "wow". they asked for a deposit, so a cheque was wrote, then they said the rest would have to be paid at a later date when work was completed, a total of over £6000.00, and that was just for the back of the house ! after they had gone, she spoke to a relation and friend, and the cheque for the deposit was cancelled immediatley, and infomed the company of this .
There was no talk to her about a "cooling off " period which is 7 days, even though this is on the back of paper work. and found it very surprising they had booked to come around and start the work on the 6th day of my friend sighning the contract, now surley this is illegal !! the " notice of cancellation" was sent soon after the cancelled cheque. It is disgracefull how this company are allowed to work within the law to take advantage of elderly people.
This London based con company are currently operating in the Oxford area and unfortunately called on my...