Still improving rather than moving – the great home maintenance drive continues

The focus on home maintenance and improvement is continuing apace, according to TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople, which today announced that it has recorded another bumper year of helping homeowners.

More than 8.1 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 – an increase of 12 per cent compared to the same period in 2014 and up 55 per cent since 2013.

Searches for interior designers, bedroom and kitchen specialists saw the biggest rises last year with carpenters and joiners, following closely with painters and decorators, indicating a continuing trend to improve rather than move. There was a 29 per cent increase in search results provided for TrustMark-registered electricians, a 21 per cent increase for plumbers and heating engineers, and similar demands for handymen.

Simon Ayers, chief executive of TrustMark, said: ‘We continue to work closely with our approved scheme operators and TrustMark-registered firms, as well as with influential consumer organisations such as Age UK, Citizens Advice and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Together we are all signposting the public to TrustMark. By providing advice and a free list of reputable firms, we can guide people through finding the right tradespeople for jobs in their homes and be a trusted avenue for support as and when needed.’  

For further information and to stay up-to-date with developments at TrustMark, visit

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