The Things to Check Before Hiring a Trades-person

When you are looking for a trades person, a lot of us will look to ask family, neighbors, and friends for a recommendation. But you might be looking for something quite niche for your home renovations, or just not have any friends with experience with tradespeople. So what happens then? How can you make sure that you are hiring someone that will do a good job, and not just run off with your money? It can be a massive concern for people looking for tradespeople. 

 

Of course, choosing a worker who is registered and signed up with a professional network or organization, who has an official code of practice and where you can report them or complain, is a good place to start. This can be one of the first places to start, as it gives you an extra level of protection, should anything not go well. So with that in mind, if you’re planning some work on your home, decorating or renovating, then here are some of the things that you should do, to help you choose the best trades person for you and the work that you want done.

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Quotes

 

One of the things that you need to do is to make sure that you speak to and get quotes from a variety of tradespeople. If you get at least three quotes, it will give you an idea if someone is charging quite a lot of money, or if what people are saying is quite a standard fee. As well as getting the quotes from people, then it also gives you the chance to speak to the tradespeople and get an idea of what they are like, and what their ideas are for the project.

 

Insurance

 

Checking that the trades person that you are going to use has insurance is another key thing to look out for. You can learn more about insurance for tradespeople online, but having it is important. Not to mention that checking on warranties and any guarantees is a good idea. Then if there are any issues with the work, you will know if you are covered or not, and if they will come to look at the work over time to fix it up. 

 

Written Contract

 

Before any work starts, and you have chosen the person to do the job, then getting the plan all written out and in a contract is a must. It should be provided from the trades person, and you should look out that it includes the final cost, the expected timescale, (as well as when the work will start), the kind of materials that will be used, and the information on clearing up. For example, if you are having carpets replaced, will they take the old carpet away, or will that be something that you are expected to do? You will want to make sure that you are both clear on what is happening, the costs, and what is expected. So get it in writing and it will be a good thing for you both.

Top 15 Things Your Child Should Know Before Entering Kindergarten Free printable packet!

   

Be able to state first and last name when asked.
Be able to write first name with first letter uppercase and remaining letters lower case.
Use appropriate three-finger grasp when using writing instruments (pencils, crayons, and scissors)
Count to at least thirty and tells what number comes before or after a given number to 20.
Know all the letters in their first name.
Identify basic geometric shapes (triangle, circle, square, rectangle, oval, star, rhombus (diamond) and heart)
Know basic colors (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink)
Identify numerals 1-10 in random order.
Make most letter/sound matches.
Identify most upper and lower case letters.
Use finger to accurately touch count items to ten.
Knows concepts of print (front and back of the book, which page comes first, track words left to right).
Be able to rhyme words.
Retells simple stories in sequence.
When given a word (“man”) and a new beginning sound (/f/), creates the familiar word (“fan”)
Socially Your child should be able to…
Adjust own clothing before and after using the restroom.
Use restroom independently including washing hands without a reminder.
Take off and put on outer clothing
Sit for a story for 5-10 minutes
Clean up after themselves
Shares materials and toys with other children.
Attend kindergarten with a positive attitude
Be confident and ready to separate from the parent.
Be able to listen and follow 2-3 step directions.
Be able to solve problems without aggression.

Help Prepare Your Child by…

Going to interesting places such as the beach, park, zoo, airport, farm or lake. (Example: Use car rides to play I Spy, this encourages children to identify shapes, colors and helps develop their vocabulary in fun ways.)
Encourage your children to observe and talk about their experiences, as conversations with adults who care enrich a child’s vocabulary and understanding of the world.
Make eye contact with your child while listening to them speak, showing them that you value what they say.
Expose your child to many kinds of literature by reading to them daily.
Praise and encourage your child’s efforts and curiosity, knowing that from mistakes come learning and confidence. Criticism can discourage children from trying new things and lower self-confidence.

Here is a great free printable packet to help your little one get ready for that first day!