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The majority of tradespeople are hard-working, reliable and will do a good job, but we’ve all heard of the cowboy horror stories. Let’s help you avoid the bad eggs - we’ll look at tips to find a good tradesperson, as well as questions to ask them and how much they might cost. Keep reading to find out the top tips on how to find a tradesperson you can trust.
We’ve put together some of our top tips explaining how to find a good tradesman that you can rely on:
1️⃣ - Ask our helpful trade Community members - When posting a question to the experts, please share images where possible. You can also tag the correct trade category (e.g. electrician or landscaper) which will send the trade a notification and help to get your question answered quicker!
Click here to view all of the questions other consumers have asked and you might find the questions have already been answered!
2️⃣ - Use the 'Request a Quote' feature in the Community - Please try to give as much detail of the job as possible to help the tradespeople understand the work needed.
3️⃣ - Use the Checkatrade website searches - simply go onto the site, enter the trade you would like to look for, enter your post code and you're away!
4️⃣ - Check out the member's profile, pictures and feedback - does their profile reflect the kind of work they do? Are there before/during/after photos? What does their feedback say?
If the job is large and/or is not an emergency call out, before you hire a tradesperson, it’s a good idea to meet with them in person to discuss the work you need them to do. That way you can find out more about their experience and approach to their trade.
5️⃣ - Always let the member know. If you choose to not go ahead, or you find someone else, please let them know so that they can organise their diaries accordingly
You could also look to ask them questions about their work and pricing, such as the below:
- How long have you been working in the business?
- Can you show me examples of previous work that you have done?
- Do you offer a customer satisfaction guarantee?
- How much will it cost and what are the payment terms?
- What is your availability like?
Following the above advice will assist with a smooth journey to finding a good tradesperson - be sure to have a read of our other posts for more advice like this!