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Do's and Dont's when hiring a Trader

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Don't use Tradesmen who cold call. Always look for a Tradesman with a website or other means so you can check their credibility. If they don't have a website listing, ensure that they have professional materials such as a portfolio of previous work.

Do check all quotes before allowing a Tradesman to start any work.

Don't use a Tradesman who is not legally allowed to complete a certain type of job. Such as those jobs involving gas and electric work.

Do ensure the contractor is well established, with premises you can visit. Get their business card and try to call the number!

Don't use a Tradesman who uses scrap pieces of paper for quotes and receipts, make sure they use letter headed invoices.

Do make sure the Tradesman belongs to trade associations. This, however, does not always ensure quality work; because not all associations screen Tradesmen before they can become members.

Do check the logos of trade bodies. Some cowboy operators use made up trade logos, so always check that the body exists and that the Tradesman belongs to it.

Do judge Tradesmen on previous work they have carried out. Ask a friend who has used a firm in the past. Those unwilling to provide contact details of past customers are likely to be Rogue Traders!

Do check whether the quote includes the extra cost of VAT!

Do check if quotes are valid for a specific period of time. Remember unlike estimates, quotations can be binding.

Don't pay in advance. The tradesman will lose the incentive of doing a good job, or any job at all. Try to pay at regular intervals – don't make the final payment until you're completely satisfied with the outcome.

Do make sure all Tradesmen know exactly what work has to be done, when the work should start and how long the job should take, and that everything should be left clean and tidy! Don't be pushed into having any unnecessary work done. Ensure a Tradesman asks you before doing any extra work

Do ensure the Tradesman has insurance which covers damage to you and your neighbours property and also make sure that either the contractor's or your own insurance covers death and personal injury.

Don't leave the Tradesman unattended for long periods of time and do not be afraid to ask how the work is coming along.

Do make sure a Tradesman takes a few moments to show you exactly what work they have done and explain what materials they have used used.

Do expect an itemised quote, an itemised invoice and receipts for each payment.

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