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.



Once the job is complete please leave a rating and a review for the tradesman you have hired by going into their profiles as it will help others to make their decision on choosing the right contractor and help us make our service more efficient.