If you are planning a building or maintenance project for your home you will need to find a reputable tradesmen to carry out the work for you. Not all tradesmen you find are reputable and trustworthy, there are many who are not. Many people have had bad experiences with contractors they trusted to carry out work for them and unless you find the right tradesman for the job, you could end up out of pocket. So the question you probably ask yourself is how you can I avoid bad tradesmen. There are a few things you can do when hiring a tradesmen so you know you’re in safe hands.
1. Be Clear What you Want Done
Before you contact any tradesmen write down clearly what you want doing. You don’t have to know everything but you need to know what end result you want. Doing this will also help you to get a more accurate quote for the job.
Most “good” tradesmen like Property-Serv work on recommendations. Just ask your friends, family or work colleagues they have probably got a few good contacts.
Keep an eye out for tradesmen working locally, you could ask the home owner for their opinion and whether they were recommended to them. This is another good way to get trustworthy tradesmen.
Ask the appropriate trade body for a list of recommended tradesmen in your area.
3. Don't use “Knock at the Door” Traders
It may seem like an easy option or you may even feel like help helping them out by giving them work, but just don’t use any tradesmen who knocks on your door. You won’t know their history or contact details if you have a problem with the work.
If someone knocks and tells you they’ve spotted a problem with your roof, chimney, gutters etc and can fix it for you, just thank them politely for pointing it out - then find a reputable tradesmen to come and have a look.
4. Ask for References
If you are using a local builder or repair company ask for some of their previous customers "references" and follow them up. If you are having a larger job like a bathroom renovation you may like to ask to see some previous jobs. Larger companies may not be able to give you customers contact details.
5. Find Out About The Guaranteed
You need you find out this information in case anything goes wrong. Ask about all the guarantees and warranties the tradesman offers. Make your that you have a signed contract stating all this information prior to the job going ahead.
6. Decide Who to Employ
Decide who you want to do the job but don’t base this solely on the price. Who are you happiest with? Did they come across as professional and knowledgeable? Did they welcome questions and give you clear answers. Did you find it easy to get on with them? Are you confident that you could point out a problem to them if there was one, or did you feel intimidated? Follow your instinct on this one. If somebody doesn’t seem to fit the bill, don’t just go with “the best of a bad bunch”. If needs be, get a few more quotes.
7. Agree the Job in Writing
Once you’ve decided, agree the job in writing. This should detail the work, the time it will take and when it will be completed, any access and storage arrangements, and the payment details. For small jobs it’s normal to pay on completion. For larger jobs it’s reasonable to make stage payments as the work progresses. This should be based on the value of completed work. If needs be get a breakdown of what is being paid for and look round the job to make sure it tallies. It’s also normal on larger jobs to retain a percentage until the works are fully completed. If you’ve agreed to pay for materials you should only do so once they are on site.
Get a receipt for all payments you make. Remember ... no receipt, no record, no comeback.
For more information about bogus tradesmen and how to avoid them you can visit the ActionFraud website here.
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