Local tradesmen have a lot to offer; you can usually get a lower quote for a job with a well established local tradesman than with a national company, and they will also be able to offer local knowledge when it comes to things like sourcing materials, subcontracting additional tradesmen and applying for planning permission. With a local tradesman you also have the advantage of being able to visit the sites of their previous jobs more easily, either to check the quality of their work or to look for inspiration.
When you're planning home improvements, your best option will almost always be to find a tradesman.
It is important to realise that wherever you are hiring tradesmen from, you should still do the relevant research to make sure they are suitable for your job. Even if a friend of yours recommends a tradesman who lives nearby, do not take this at face value. You should always check the qualifications and experience of your potential hires.
They may have passed a university degree, apprenticeship or course. You can check which specific qualifications are required for different trades on the National Careers Service website. You should also take the time to ask about a tradesman’s previous jobs. They should be able to produce reviews from previous clientele. If they are hesitant to share any of this information, they are an option to avoid. Any tradesmen you hire will absolutely need to have active Public Liability Insurance to cover them against any kind of accidental damage. Specialists that delivery designs or measurements crucial to your project, such as an architectural designer or structural engineer, will also need to have Professional Indemnity Insurance.
A great sign of a tradesman’s professionalism and standards is if they are a member of a national tradesman's' organisation. An example would be membership in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for a surveyor or the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for a builder. These organisations have high entry standards, and so membership shows an ongoing dedication to quality work. If you contact such an organisation they should also be able to give you a list of registered members in your local area.
Even if a friend of yours recommends a tradesman who lives nearby, do not take this at face value. You should always check the qualifications and experience of your potential hires.
When looking for tradesmen you should make sure to stay away from any that ask for cash payments. This extends beyond the type of tradesman who will show up at your front door asking if you need work done: many tradesmen that take cash payments do so to avoid paying VAT, which regardless of their reason is a criminal offence. Paying in cash without organising a contract also robs you of the security you get with a paper trail. Trusting a tradesman to do what he says and paying him in cash is sure and quick way to lose your money.
Whatever your job may be, it is important to collect several quotes to compare before making your final hire. This will help you ensure that you get a competitive price: any tradesmen attempting to rip you off will quickly be highlighted when you put the quotes side by side. Having said that, it is also important that you get a firm contract with your final choice. This should list the details of the job, when it is expected to be completed and when your tradesman will receive payment. You may be asked to pay a deposit, but do not be pressured into paying for an entire job at front.
There is a lot to consider when looking for tradesmen; so much so that you may be tempted to just go with the first good looking option you find. Plentific can help you find several reliable tradesmen to compare, ensuring you get enough quotes to secure a competitive price for your project. The Plentific website hosts information on over 75,000 registered tradesmen across the UK, and can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of the best options in your local area that offer the skills and services you require.
Every Plentific tradesman has a Plentific profile containing information on their qualifications and previous jobs, as well as reviews posted by their clientele. You can check these freely and ask specific tradesmen for a quote, or you can post a job on Plentific and have them contact you. On a profile you may notice the Plentific verification tick: this marks a tradesman as verified, meaning that they have passed a careful screening process to prove their quality. The Plentific Guarantee, which can cover your entire project, will also be available if you choose a verified tradesman.
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