most things, home improvements have moved online and
you can now find a tradesman at the click of a mouse.
Trade recommendation sites, like RatedPeople.com,
allow you to enter your job description and budget,
they then match you with tradesmen in your local area.
Your job is sent out to local tradesmen and up to
three will pay a small fee to be put in contact with
you, so you know they are serious about doing your
job. Each tradesman will quote for your job and you’ll
be able to read recommendations and ratings based
on quality, reliability and value for money from their
People conduct identity checks on their tradesmen.
As well as Gas Safe accreditation checks they also
ask tradesmen for Part P (electrical qualifications)
and Public Liability Insurance (PLI) – these
can be seen on the tradesmen’s profile pages.
A word of advice, check and double check, you’re
letting this person into your home! Ask to see their
qualifications, if they’re a good tradesman
and qualified to do the job they won’t have
any qualms in showing you. PLI isn’t essential,
but for larger jobs it’s required in case there
are any accidents. It covers personal injury and damage
to the property, typically from £1 – £5
not all about what other people say about them and
their qualifications however, you need to feel comfortable
with having this person in your home. Hire someone
who not only comes with a track record and recommendations
from previous customers, but also someone who you
feel you can trust.
doesn’t stop there, once you’ve hired
your tradesman ensure you’ve got a written quotation
with start and completion times and agreed payment
terms, before work begins. Do not make payment upfront,
pay on completion – which for larger projects
may be done in stages. Ask the tradesman to write
VAT into the agreement, some tradesmen provide quotes
without VAT to make them look cheaper. By asking them
to write it in you won’t have a nasty surprises
when you see the final price. However, be aware that
tradesmen may need money upfront for materials.
you’re looking for a tradesman, check out RatedPeople.com.