February 10, 2010 09:01 ET

Ratedpeople.com: Cold Weather Conditions Blamed For Rise In House Pests

Home Owners Recruit Tradesmen in Order to Restrict the Number of Unwelcome Visitors

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2010) - With the country suffering one of the most severe winters in history, a rising number of home owners have had to deal with the problem of unwanted rodents seeking shelter from the cold according to Ratedpeople.com, the UK's largest matchmaking service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen.

As is the case with many other home improvements such as plumbing and heating repairs, home owners can ensure their property stands up against pests by carrying out a number of alterations to their home through the help of a professional tradesman.

A mistake home owners often make is attempting to deal with the problems created by vermin and such others through a series of short term DIY solutions. Ratedpeople.com, which champions better home improvement, provides a network of thousands of tradesmen in every local area throughout the UK, so that home owners can get professional aid for urgent projects, rather than undertaking a DIY quick-fix.

Whilst in the summer home owners can get away with not carrying out some improvements, during winter, quality property insulation is essential. Tradesmen can be recruited to solve the problem of heat escaping from a property, through fixing cracks in foundations and gaps in the property's roof, and this will help keep pests out too. Other activities which can help deter rodents include regular garden maintenance and upkeep.

Andrew Skipwith, Founder and CEO of Ratedpeople.com, commented: "The recent weather conditions have spurred a number of home improvers to carry out various repairs and alterations to their property. In the past where some home owners may have been able to avoid work to a faulty loft or roof, the recent freezing conditions have driven pests like rats and mice towards the warmth of properties, meaning home owners have been forced to take on professional help from tradesmen in order to get the problems fixed."

Ratedpeople.com helps home improvers find recommended tradesmen quickly and easily. You can choose from 24 different trades and find tradesmen such as local painters, a recommended kitchen fitter or local carpenters.

Every month, Ratedpeople.com manages over £30m in home improvement projects with more than 1,000 tradesmen signing up, making it the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. There are more than 55,000 ratings on Ratedpeople.com to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by previous customers who find them through the site. This results in one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the web.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesman in your area, visit Ratedpeople.com.

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