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5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tradesperson

[10/12/2018]

Hiring the right tradesperson can make or break a project. Obviously, you want a person who will deliver on time, within budget and with a good standard of work. But how do you know what you are getting and that they will finish the job to the best standard?

We have outlined a few questions you should be asking prior to hiring any tradesperson, that will help you decide on someone reliable:

1. Are they qualified and registered?

You should always check that your tradesperson is fully qualifies and registered. You can do this through the relevant authority or governing body. In most states electricians and plumbers must issue you with a compliance certificate once they have finished you job. This can give you peace of mind that they will rectify any problems you have down the track.

2. Are they insured?

This is so important! If your tradesperson is not insured, and something goes wrong, you can be held liable. Never hire a tradesperson with no insurance no matter what they offer in respects to cost saving, it’s just not worth the risk.

3. What is their timeline?

Being clear from the beginning with start and finish dates is very important. Works that go over for time can increase in cost and hold up other aspects of a build or job. A good way to tell if your tradesperson will be reliable is their contact with you. Do they call/email you back promptly? Are they professional when it comes to communication? These things can indicate to the reliability of your tradesperson.

4. Do they have good reviews?

Reviews online are a great way to check how the tradesperson has been with other customers. Try Google reviews or Trulocal. Another way of getting a ‘review’ is having people recommend trades to use. This way you know that someone else has had such good service they are happy to pass on the details!

5. Are they providing a fixed quote?

When going ahead with a quote – it is recommended you confirm whether it’s a ‘fixed quote’ or rather an estimate of costs. A fixed quote means you will know exactly what you need to pay at the end no matter what happens during the job. This can be beneficial for budgeting requirements. Alternatively, your tradesperson may charge by the hour. The estimate provides you with a guide and may come in under or above that. Check with the tradesperson on the likelihood of any additional costs and ensure you will be made aware of these costs before they carry out the additional works.

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