During the winter storms 368 properties were flooded across the county and residents will need to repair the damage the weather caused.
Money is available through a number of Government flood support schemes, and choosing a trustworthy company will make sure that the work is done to a good standard.
Dorset County Council’s trading standards team check and approve businesses through the Buy with Confidence scheme. The councils’ trading standards officers suggest that residents should obtain more than one quote, and preferably three, to make sure that a fair price is agreed upon.
Cllr Peter Finney, the county council's Cabinet member for community services, said,
We hope that most tradesmen will be honest and not exploit the situation, but there is always a risk that some might see this as an opportunity.
These traders can be very persuasive. My advice is always check references or use a company that has a good reputation.”
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