Finding Local Trusted Traders
There are so many local tradesmen out there it can be difficult to decide which to use. Its not a case of flicking through the yellow pages and jotting down contact details of tradesmen in your area. Websites now list tradesmen online.
Just because there’s so much information available do not just pick the first tradesman you find. If you’re going to have building work done to your property you want a decent price, good workmanship and a reliable, trustworthy worker. Whether you need a builder, a plumber, roofer, decorator or an electrician, there are steps to take before you hire.
Use a good directory of local tradesmen. When you’re looking for a tradesman, it’s worth asking for recommendations to find someone who’s reliable. Go and see the work they’ve done before if you can.
Come up with a list of three or four local people, give them details of work you want doing to get quotes for the whole job to budget effectively and get the most competitive rates.
Most tradesman accept payment in stages. Never part with large sums of cash up front. If a service provider is asking for this, you’d be well advised to run in the opposite direction! When choosing a local tradesman, you should look for those with membership to a trade association - and be sure to check out exactly what this means. Some trade associations will hand out membership without requiring a minimum standard of work. The good ones will have set standards for members, so the person you pick will be sure to do a good job.
Ask questions. This way there’s less likelihood of anything going wrong after you’ve had your work carried out. The types of questions you’ll need answers to are:
- Is the tradesman qualified with skills independently verified?
- Will the tradesman give estimates in writing with a contract for the work?
- Can your builder answer questions about relevant building regulations?
If the answer’s ‘yes’, you’re on your way to finding a tradesman providing professional services you’re looking for.
Good Feedback & Past Reviews
Ask for testimonials from past customers. Check reviews. Most good trades and services will have good reviews and feedback. Check trades out. Don't rush into accepting the first quote received from the tradesperson you like most.
Tradesman Insurances, Certifications, Qualifications, Building Trades Associations Memberships, Work Guarantees - Check Trades Out
Ask whether a tradesperson has public liability insurance to avoid problems if your home gets damaged whilst building work is carried out. What trades associations are they members of? What guarantees are provided? Is a guarantee backed by insurance? Always check with your local building control or planning portal to ensure regulation compliance. Always check trades out.
Don't Restrict Yourself to Local Tradespeople
A good tradesman will travel for worthwhile work. Some organisations provide UK nationwide services, or sub-contractors across the UK. In remote places be prepared to find a tradesman outside your local area.