Finding a good tradesperson
Finding a good trades people shouldn’t be a lottery. At
When dealing with various trades people, take a little time to get to know more about your
If your tradesperson is a member of a trade scheme then note down details including any reference numbers.
Follow up with a phone call to the scheme provider to check that the details are up to date.
Getting the best value
As with all things in this world, the best price is not always the best value.
Be sure to weigh up the benefits of working with one
Start by getting multiple quotations.
Take care to include enough detail in your written job requirement so that each
Paying for the work
Stick to these basic guidelines and you should avoid the common pitfalls when it comes to payments.
Never pay the whole amount in advance and avoid paying large deposits up front.
On longer jobs, agree a schedule of payments and make sure that your payment at each stage reflects the progress made.
Always keep back a proportion of the total payment until the
For a range of reasons your agreement may need to be revised – your tradesman may uncover unexpected problems or you may decide to alter your requirements.
Agree any changes to the agreement in advance rather than waiting until the work has progressed or has been completed. Again we’d suggest that you keep signed copies of any updates.
Ask for a signed invoice for every payment you make. And keep all invoices