How To Find An Honest & Reliable Tradesman!
Finding A Good Tradesman The Easy Way.
Not everyone likes DIY or has the skill sets to do their home improvement projects, so for those of us who don’t want to figure out how to lay a patio, fix the kitchen tap or build a DIY conservatory then finding a good tradesman is essential.
Unfortunately we have all heard of at least one horror story about cowboy builders and how much aggravation they caused, so this article is has been written to help you avoid the cowboys and find an honest, reliable and fair tradesman.
By following these 5 simple tips you will be on the right path to finding the right tradesman for your next project however big or small.
Ask For Recommendations.
Definitely start here, if your friends and family can recommend someone then this is always a good start and far better than sticking a pin in the yellow pages or in today’s world looking for someone in the search engines.
If you are unable to obtain a trades person via a recommendation try websites like trust a trader.
Use An Established Company.
Using an established local firm ensures that you will be dealing with a company that has a good track record and is still in business due to happy customers.
Things to look for include;
- Office address, with full contact details including a landline not just a mobile.
- Members of reputable trades associations
- If they are charging VAT check the VAT number is included in the paper work
Have A Written Spec.
Establish from the beginning exactly what it is you require and obtain at least 3 quotes before you make a decision to which firm you are going to use. When asking for quotes get them in writing, they should be in detail and include start and finish times as well as a suggested payment plan.
Handling The Process
- By avoiding these common mistakes working with a tradesman is simple;
- Avoid high pressure sales people
- Don’t sign anything you haven’t read or understood.
- Demands for cash payments this puts you at risk from cowboy traders and fuels the black economy.
- Have a written contract detailing the job, payments and timescales.
- Don’t pay for work in advance, however a percentage for materials to be used is acceptable.
- Set a penalty clause for large projects example £500 a week for each week over agreed deadline.
How to Handle Things If It Goes Wrong
- Speak to the company directly don’t let things get out of hand, try and resolve the problem straight away
- If things are not resolved put your complaint in writing
- Finally if things are not sorted out seek advice from organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau and Trading Standard. You may be advised to instruct a solicitor.