Finding a Good and Reliable Contractor
Get Caught out by Rogue Traders -
Anyone can claim to be a plumber, builder or decorator. Adverts that
come through your door and only have phone numbers without addresses
are definitely to be avoided. The ones to watch are the slick and
fast-talking salesman types who turn up unannounced.
Take time to get to know more about your contractor. Don't be
pressurised into hiring without first getting a good picture of who you
are dealing with.
how long they have been in business?
, Do they guarantee their work? If so for how long. Don't forget to
check that they are insured ? Check insolvency records, you
see if there are judgements against them
tradesperson is a member of a trade scheme then note down
details including any reference numbers. Follow up with a phone call to
the scheme provider to check that the details are up to date.
Multiple Quotes --
Take time to produce a written brief of what you require. Detail is
important but listen to what he says can and can not be done. Make sure
that they are not flanneling you.
-- Always ask for a fixed price and make sure that it is clear what is
included and whether or not the price is all-inclusive. You can chose a
quote that guarantees quality and reliability over the cheapest one,
but make sure that they really are as good as they say they are. It is
a good idea to get the wording of the quote to be enforcable as an
agreement should the job go wrong. If the job does generate some
unforeseen expenses then of course it would be reasonable to reimburse
him, but then you knew to do that anyway!
at the receipts. Make
sure thay have purchased the correct materials and that they are not
boosting the price or keeping some of the materials for themselves
-- It is normal to pay something up front but beware of the ones who
ask for more than a quarter or third of the total price and if the work
an agreement to schedule payments
for completion of stages of the job. At the completion of each stage
make sure that they really have done what they agreed to do, get a
knowledgable peson to verify that they have indeed fully completed the
stage before you part with the money.
your Credit Card. The
credit card companies can usually compensate you if things go wrong.
The contractor may want cash up front but if they are too eager to get
a large sum out of you and reluctant to use a credit card then alarm
bells shoild be ringing.
on to a good one -- A
reliable, good quality contractor is hard to find so treat him or her