Finding good tradesmen can be difficult. We’ve all heard the horror stories of the ‘shonky tradie’. Here are some tips for finding the ‘good tradie’.
For every dodgy operator, there are plenty more qualified, insured and certified operators. Having credentials indicates a good understanding of their industry and the discipline to maintain them.
They qualify a person’s background, especially when used to indicate their suitability for the job. Winning any job is based mainly on academic credentials, those that can’t verify their knowledge and training should be avoided.
Choosing a contractor to perform the works which meet all your needs is imperative. Finding them is not impossible. One of the best ways is through “word of mouth”. Ask family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours do they know anyone, or have heard of anyone recently. You are well within your rights to ask for references, testimonials and also to speak to previous or existing clients.
The quote can determine a good tradesman or a bad one. A good one will detail both what is being supplied and what’s not. Clarity is key. A vague, non-descript quote, could potentially lead to higher cost, shortcuts and poor quality workmanship later.
Looking long and hard is the only way sometimes; however, it will eventually pay off and get you the right person for the job. Stick to the 2-3 quote principle for most jobs, but for smaller ones you may need to settle on an hourly rate.
A proper written quote is a safe bet in making sure the job is done on time and on budget. Getting exactly what you want can simply be achieved by clear communication between yourself and the contractor. A good contractor will sit down and research what your needs and desires are, not just giving you the cheapest price.
Pursuing the lowest price may not always get you the best results, and equally, someone who gives you the cheapest price without considering your needs should send off alarm bells.
Be clear about what you want, shop around before engaging a tradesman, do the research. Not being clear will leave the door open for error and more cost later. Finding a good tradesman isn’t easy, but when you do, look after them, if you’re good to them, they’ll be good to you.