PLANNING ON HIRING A TRADESMEN
Whether the job is big or small, there are certain steps we advise you to take. For your own protection, please take a few minutes to read our top tips to help things run smoothly and save you time, money and a lot of stress
- When choosing a tradesman, it’s a good idea to get at least three different quotes to compare, so you can draw up a shortlist. Be specific and set out a clear, detailed brief of work.
- When talking to potential tradespeople, you should always ask for references. We have taken three references for each tradesman. Ask to see examples of their work.
- Check their profiles on Vetted Trades as we have linked them to your posted jobs.
- Seek references, read reviews, visit previous jobs.
- It’s advisable not to accept an estimate when discussing the cost. You should always insist on a written quote, which should include on-site assessment of the job, as well as the cost of labour and materials.
- Once you*ve chosen a tradesman, you need to ask for a written contract covering things like the work itself, the price, the start and finish dates (i.e. A schedule of work).
- It is also advisable to ask if the tradesman is VAT registered or not.
- You may be required to pay a deposit upfront, but a tradesman should never ask for the whole amount of money at the outset.
- Work out a suitable stage payment plan which both you and the builder are happy with (i.e. Schedule of payments).
- It is always best to pay for segments of work once it’s completed, as you can check the standard before parting with your money.
- Always get a signed receipt of the stage payments on each occasion.
- You should have already agreed an overall price, but sometimes things can crop up that will mean paying out a little more than you first agreed. Agree in writing any changes to the agreed contract value before the work is completed.
- To make sure you’re not getting over-charged for extra work, it’s important to have all labour and material costs well-documented.
- Always go through a snag list with a builder at the end of a job before a final payment.