Beware of the telesales and doorstep calls that promise vast savings if you sign on the dotted line.
There are a large number of telesales and high-pressure sales businesses claiming to be Rating Consultants or even Surveyors. For the payment of a small fee (up to £700.00 + VAT) plus a percentage of your savings, these firms will promise an amazing reduction, guaranteed , before they have even looked at your property.
⇒ Beware of the hard sell of telesales or doorstep sales people, and ask searching questions before signing anything;
⇒ Understand the terms of any contract you are offered and be aware that there may be terms which commit you to a period of service;
⇒ Find out if the agent is able and willing to put you in touch with satisfied clients;
⇒ Be suspicious of any agent who claims to be able to get a big reduction in your Rateable Value without inspecting your proeprty or asking to see your accounts; and
⇒ Check the credentials of any agent who claims to be a member of a professional rating body.
All qualified surveyors should be members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and/or the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation.
If in doubt call Bissett Kenning & Newiss.