It’s not always easy finding a tradesman that is reliable and completes the job to your expectations.
But how do you find someone you can trust? Is there anything that can make the process easier for you?
In order to help you, we have put together five tips for choosing a great tradesman. Having the most common trades under one company at Mathiou Services ensures that the facilities we maintain only need one number to call for all of their maintenance requirements.
We primarily supply trade services to commercial facilities like Child Care Centres, aged care and other more extensive facilities but if you have a smaller job that needs completion, here are some tips to help you choose the right tradesman for your situation.
Here are the Top 5 Tips for Finding a Reliable Tradesman:
But What is a Tradesman?
A tradesman is a skilled worker who concentrates on a specific craft or trade. A tradesman or tradeswoman is often equipped with formal vocational education and on-the-job training, and some work experience before he or she can get a license.
Examples of a Tradesman or Tradeswoman
Now, here’s how you find or choose a great tradesman or a tradeswoman for your residential and commercial buildings:
1. Check Out the License
Make sure that the tradesperson holds current trade’s licenses applicable to the work being performed. Most of them are required to carry their licence, which is excellent because the tradesmen’s licence is more important than qualifications. You can even compare the licence holder details against a photo ID such as a Drivers Licence.
2. Check Out the Insurance
You may also want to see if the tradesman has current public liability insurance during the time he is working on the job. Plus, it’s a smart idea to check out if he’s a member of the trade’s peak organisation.
3. See the Website
The good thing is that most tradesmen will list their licence details on their website if they have one. Check it out and lookup for any current work pictures and other information such as length of time operating or anything that you find important.
4. Do Online Research
While you are online, try finding any reviews of undertaken work. It helps to know the experiences of other customers, but don’t take it for granted. It’s better to take a look at different channels such as their Facebook page, website or any other channel where you can find as many opinions as possible.
5. Ask for a Quote
Get detailed quotes in writing which are inclusive of the job scope, materials, traveling time and labour. Try and lock in a completion date with clauses such as subject to weather delays, etc.
You may also want to 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.
More Tips for Choosing a Great Tradesman:
- 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.
- If you are not comfortable communicating with the tradesman, take that as a warning.
- Ensure there is a progressive payment plan in place, including not finalising all payments until completion of work is satisfactory.
- Be careful if a quote seems too low.
- Ensure that the tradesman has a current ABN number and check validity online at http://abr.business.gov.au/.
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Mathiou Services is your one-stop-shop for all building and maintenance requirements, with being guaranteed that all trades insurances and licences are current.