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Finding a good tradesperson
Finding a good trades people shouldn't be a lottery. At Rated People we believe that a personal recommendation is what counts the most.
When dealing with various trades people, take a little time to get to know more about your tradesperson and the services they offer.
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 tradesperson over another if they offer more experience or proof that they can do the job you want with the quality of workmanship you require.
Start by getting multiple quotations.
Take care to include enough detail in your written job requirement so that each tradesperson starts with a good first understanding of your needs, or else their quotations may not be comparable.
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 job is fully completed but be fair about completion -pay promptly when the work is finished to your satisfaction.
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 and receipts. Do not pay the individual builder, always the company.
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