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Finding a scaffolder

Scaffolding is a common requirement for a number of home improvement jobs, and it is crucial that whoever is putting it up is qualified, experienced and completely trustworthy. Finding a Pro like this can be difficult, but Plentific can take both time and stress out of your search. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of the best scaffolders in your local area, each of which will also have a website profile showing their qualifications, customer reviews and past projects. You can also gain coverage for your project form the Plentific Guarantee by hiring a 'verified' Pro.

What do you need to know about hiring a scaffolder?

Having a good idea of the job at hand is essential when hiring a scaffolder. They will want to assess the requirements of the job themselves to determine exactly what equipment and how many workers will be necessary. Such an assessment is usually free of charge.

If you have been working with other tradespeople or an architect it is likely that they will have a scaffolder they can recommend to you. Most building teams will arrange their own scaffolding, so make sure this is not the case before making any new hires. Even with a recommendation, be sure to check the experience and qualifications of each of your options before making a decision. Ensure that they have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card (CSCS), as this proves they have passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test and should vouch for their skills. They should also have completed a New Entrant Trainee Scaffolding Labourer course (COTS). An experienced scaffolder could also have a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme card (CISRS) or could be part of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation. These organisations enforce high standards and codes of conduct for members. Finally, be sure to ask your choices to provide reviews from past customers, as this can show how experienced they are with jobs similar to yours, and can also show you how easy your choices are to work with.

Once everything has been assessed your choices should be able to provide you with a flat, hourly or daily rate. Getting a quote is usually free of charge, so do not be afraid of waiting to compare your options. You should always get a firm quote - never make a decision based on an ‘estimate’. Ask for a price breakdown, as this will help you avoid any hidden costs, and is also useful for comparing your choices. In the event that they need to bring in additional tradesmen or materials, ask if this will affect your quote.

Scaffolding can be a potentially dangerous job, so ensure that your final choice had adequate insurance cover, including guarantees relating to accidental damage. Make sure that they follow appropriate safety measures - do not consider leaving out any such measures to save money. You should be able to get these policies in writing.

An experienced professional should be able to provide all of this information.

What does a scaffolder do?

A scaffolder is a tradesperson that erects and takes down scaffolding structures, which may be required for cleaning, constructing or repairing a building. They will usually work in small teams to put up structures for external building access that may include temporary roof structures or even branded advertising. A scaffolder can also be involved in hoisting and lifting materials up to other tradespeople and installing scaffolding surrounds, which will keep debris from falling on people below.

How much does it cost to hire a scaffolder?

The cost of hiring a scaffolder will depend on the size of the project, as this will determine how many workers and materials are required. It can be very dangerous to cut costs here - if someone offers to leave out safety measures like hand bars, they are someone to avoid. It is important to be aware of your choice’s policy regarding run-on fees. If the scaffolding is left up for longer than intended, will you have to pay late fees?

Latest Scaffolder Reviews

by Andy S.
Let down by usual small builder.Needed new kitchen and a lentil cut into chimney Breast. 1st rate job.reasonable price
by Mr G.
External pointing, ground works We recently engaged Tah construction to rake out and re-point our house and’ boundary walls and to replace an old concrete drive with a new gravel/tarmac drive with associated works. The projects were completed according to the plans to a very high standard using the most appropriate materials. Tom’s team were hard working and plenty of care was taken to ensure that the minimum amount of disruption was caused both to us and to our neighbours. We would have no hesitation in recommending tom
by Paul M.
Full loft conversion also lowering ceiling height to get more height in loft, Then refurb bathroom, living room and hall ways, All this was done in 5 weeks while we were away. Guys what you can trust and quality work. No hidden extras and all extras we wanted were at cost price. Very happy
by Paul F.
TAH Construction - We are extremely pleased that we selected them to totally revamp the entranceway to our home. They knew exactly what we desired and their work ethic and professionalism was first class. We were impressed with the skills of every member of their team and their desire to achieve a quality product. We are delighted with the end result which has completely transformed the front of our house and we have received numerous compliments from neighbours and even passers- by. We have no hesitation in assigning top rating and recommending TAH to others. Thomas impressed us from the first time we met him, and appreciate the diligence and professionalism he and his crew demonstrated every day on the job. They were on site when they said they would be, and every night the site was cleaned up - better than we could expect considering the weather they had to deal with.