QASSS, which operates the HIESHICS and DGCOS consumer protection schemes has seen a huge increase in home improvement and renewable energy installations, up by nearly 800% in July as compared to the end of April.

The HIESHICS and DGCOS consumer protection organisations support member companies and protect consumers across the home improvement and renewable energy sectors. The 800% increase represents over £20m worth of installations protected by the schemes.

Managing Director, Ciarán Harkin, commented, “These are really positive signs for companies in the sector as lockdown has eased across the UK. Reputable DGCOS, HICS and HIES members demonstrate high standards of COVID-19 safety measures, which helps instil confidence in consumers to allow safe tradespeople in their homes to carry out glazing, insulation, building, kitchens, bathrooms, and renewable energy installations and other home improvements.”

The increase witnessed by QASSS is also supported by other research in the home improvement sector, including recent research from Insight DIY which showed 55%% of Brits prioritising plans to update their home as the Covid-19 restrictions continue to be eased.

If you’re planning for a new home improvement project, make sure you instruct skilled tradesmen. Ensure they are a member of a consumer protection scheme demonstrating adherence to quality standards and service. Unfortunately, rogue companies are still operating, and scams have been on the increase recently in light of the Government’s Green Homes Grants scheme.

DGCOS, HICS and HIES offer real consumer protection, unmatched in the industry, and all of our members have been thoroughly vetted to guarantee exceptional service. Using a member means you receive full protection, including free deposit and stage payment protection, free insurance backed guarantees, free mediation services and free access to an Ombudsman, in the unlikely event we are unable to help resolve a dispute.