//11 Tips for Choosing a Great Tradesman

11 Tips for Choosing a Great Tradesman

It’s not that easy finding a tradesman that is reliable and completes the job to your expectations so we’ve put 11 tips for choosing a great tradesman together for you. Having most common trades under one company at Mathiou Services (carpentry and building, maintenance and repairs, plumbing, floor restoration, commercial cleaning, gardening and landscaping, painting and decorating, electrical services and pest control) ensures that the facilities we maintain only need one number to call for all of their maintenance requirements along with being guaranteed that all trades insurances and licences are current. We primarily supply trade services to Child Care Centres and larger facilities but if you have a smaller job here are some tips to help you choose the right tradesman for your job.

  1. Make sure they hold current trade’s licences applicable to the work being performed. Compare licence holder details against a photo ID such as a Drivers Licence.
  2. Check that the tradesperson has current public liability insurance during the time he is working on the job.
  3. See if they are a member of their trade’s peak organisation.
  4. Check out their website for any current work pictures and other information such as length of time operating.
  5. Do an online search for any reviews of work undertaken. Remember to be weary of similar positive reviews posted across different channels.
  6. Get detailed quotes in writing which are inclusive of job scope, materials, travelling time and labour.
  7. Try and lock in a completion date with clauses such as subject to weather delays etc
  8. Take note of the presentation and reliability of the tradesman when getting quotes. If they aren’t performing well at this stage of the game then you can almost guarantee it won’t get any better during the project.
  9. Ensure that the tradesman has a current ABN number and check validity online at http://abr.business.gov.au/.
  10. Be clear on details for the job at hand and preferably provide this in writing to the tradesman to minimise errors. Discuss any points that aren’t clear between parties.
  11. Ensure there is a progressive payment plan in place including not finalising all payments until completion of work is satisfactory.
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