Tips for Getting the Right Tradesman
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Whenever you need a job doing there always seems like there’s a bewildering amount of people to choose from. The problem is knowing which ones are the right ones to choose.

To help you select the right tradesmen, here are a few simple tips to follow.

Seek Personal Recommendations

Everyone needs a tradesman at some point, which means you’re bound to know someone who can give you a good recommendation.
The great thing about personal recommendations is you know they are unbiased. There’s nothing in it for the person making the recommendation to tell you anything but the truth, and their first-hand experience can help make sure you make the right choice.
If someone you trust trusts a certain tradesman, then this is a great reason for you to trust them as well.

Look Online

If you can’t get a personal recommendation, and even if you have, then it’s worth checking tradesmen out online.
Here you will be able to find more reviews, and also get a feel for the company or individual by looking at their website. While it’s not a full proof check, a good website with plenty of reviews should at least indicate you’re dealing with a professional company such as these St. Louis plumbers.
It’s all about putting the pieces of the puzzle together to make sure you’re hiring the right person, and the website can help you with this.

Get at Least Three Quotes

There are lots of tradesmen out there, so don’t limit yourself to just one. Get a few different people in and see which ones you get on with, which ones you think you can work well with, and which ones can do the job for the right price.
Remember that it’s not all about price. You want to get the best value for your money, and that means a great job as well as a great price. Discuss your plans for your project with the tradesmen, ask any questions you might have, and then compare the quotes to see which one feels like the best fit.

Ask for References

If you’re working with an experienced tradesman, then they should be able to give you references for their previous work. Give the referees a call and double check that they’re happy with the work they received.
The tradesman is there to win your business, so don’t be shy about asking for these references. They’re a good way for a tradesman to confirm to you the quality of their work, and a way of helping you understand who is the best person for the job.

Get a Quote in Writing

You don’t want to go with a quote you’re comfortable with only for the price to spiral midway through the work. If you’ve got a written quote, then you’ve got proof of what is agreed and something to hold the tradesman to.
Sometimes, there are extra costs that couldn’t be foreseen, but if you’ve got a written quote, then you’ve at least got a good idea of what the costs should be.
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