Doorstep sellers and their tactics
Not all doorstep callers are bogus. Some will be genuine sales people, but do watch out for the techniques that some shady doorstep traders may use to make a sale.
Look out for phrases which try to frighten you by suggesting your home is not secure such as:
"You have a loose tile on your roof"
Never say yes on the spot
Tell them you want to get a second opinion on how urgent the work is. A genuine trader will accept this. Then contact a few reputable firms and ask them to check if anything needs to be done and how much it will cost, before you make your decision.
Or they may claim to be working for an official body
"I am doing some work for the council down the road"
Always ask for identification
Or ask who they are working for and make them wait while you make a phone call to check whether they are telling you the truth.
Or they may try to put a time restriction on the offer
"We are only in your area this week"
Ask for time to think about it
You may well get the same offer if you ring back a few days later.