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.
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.
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.
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.