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We moved into our house almost four months ago and in that time we’ve had to hire quite a few tradespeople for various jobs. It’s been a learning curve, that’s for sure! We’d never had to do this sort of thing before as we rented for many years, so it was hard to know where to start. It can be quite overwhelming but I think we’ve learned a lot over the past few months, so I thought I would share a few tips…

1. Get quotes

First of all try to get some recommendations from people you know. But even if you do, don’t jump straight at the first quote you get and don’t be tempted by low quotes. Get at least three quotes before you make any decisions, this way you will get a good idea of what you should be paying. It’s tempting to go with whoever can get the job done soonest but a good tradesperson is worth waiting for. If someone can do the work straight away, there’s probably a reason why.

2. Check that they are insured

Once you have an idea of which tradesperson you want to go with, you should check that they have the relevant insurance in case something goes wrong. It isn’t common for things to go wrong but unfortunately on rare occasions, it can happen. Check that your builder has public liability insurance, this will cover them if they cause any damage to your home. Rhino is a tradesman insurance provider in United Kingdom, who offer insurance for electricians, plumbers, joiners, builders and carpenters up and down the country. They have a range of different products to ensure tradesmen, their employees and customers are safe.

3. Check reviews and previous work

Personally I would never work with a tradesperson who didn’t have any reviews online at all. Good reviews are so important. Negative reviews are just as bad as no reviews and both should set alarm bells ringing. Check to see if your tradesman has a Facebook or Instagram page where you can see reviews and photos of their previous work. You should also be able to see reviews on Google, these will give you a good idea of the company’s reputation and their quality of work.

4. Get a contract drawn up

You may want to consider getting a legal contract drawn up, especially if it is a big job. The contract should detail the cost, payment schedule and a date for the work to be completed. A building contract will help reduce risk and keep your money safe.

5. Payment

It’s generally not a good idea to pay any tradesman upfront. It’s perfectly reasonable for them to request that you pay a deposit, but the rest of the money should be paid when the work has been completed or in installments while the work in ongoing. It’s always best to pay via bank transfer rather than cash, just so that there is a paper trail. If you do pay cash, make sure you ask for a receipt.

So there you have it, five simple tips to ensure you hire the right tradesperson for the job. I hope you found this helpful and please do feel free to add any more tips you have.

Thank you for reading.


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