The do’s and don’ts for
|There are plenty of horror stories|
about people getting ripped off by cowboy builders – but these
unfortunate incidents are less common than you might think.
Nevertheless, the idea of being left in the lurch by a tradesmen
with a half-done home improvement has created a culture of fear and
mistrust in the construction industry. As a result, the majority of
builders get branded as “cowboys” unfairly.
Don’t let these false stereotypes
The first step is to understand the capacity
of what you need done and hire the appropriate type of specialist needed.
For a nation of home improvement enthusiasts, most Brits are clueless about
who does what in the building trades. Without knowing any better, it’s no
surprise that we turn to a general handyman for all manner of jobs – from a
leaky tap to a new roof. The result can be disastrous.
So, what type of jobs are suitable for a jack of all trades and when should
we employ a specialist tradesman?
Handymen are usually multi-skilled tradesmen who focus on small, everyday
jobs around the house. A handyman is perfect for simple repairs and
maintenance, including very basic plumbing and electrical work. Handyman
jobs should normally be completed within half a day to a day. Jobs taking
longer than this could indicate that a specialist tradesman is needed.
Certain jobs, no matter how small, must be carried out by a suitably
qualified tradesman. For instance, any gas work must be done by a
registered engineer or
Similarly, many electrical jobs must be approved by your Local Authority
Building Control unless they’ve been carried out by a qualified
electrician who is registered with a Competent Person scheme.
Whoever you decide to employ, always shop around a bit first. Compare
multiple quotes and make sure you’re completely happy with the work before
you part with your money.
Handyman or tradesman?
A Handyman is perfect
Hire a Specialist
|Mounting plasma screens|
Fitting kitchen worktops
|Assembling flat pack furniture|
Fitting wooden flooring
Installing a kitchen
|Putting up shelves|
| Installing a dishwasher or washing|
Power shower installation
|Filling cracks in plaster and wood|
|Renewing old tile grout|
Plastering and rendering
|Small painting jobs|
Replacing roof tiles
|Replacing extractor fans|
Large painting jobs and wallpapering
|Replacing electrical sockets|
Any new electrical installation
|Fit and repair light fittings|
Electrical modifications in the bathroom