Five tips to consider when hiring a tradesman
1. Get a few quotes: Get more than one quote. This will ensure you're getting the best deal – if one quote is significantly different to the others, it's cause to be cautious of the supplier. As a rule of thumb, it's ideal to get at least three quotes.
2. Get quotes in writing: Each quote should be written and detailed, including materials and brands, so you know what you are getting for your money. It also helps the tradesman to remember the job, and ensure you're getting what you asked for.
3. Pay on completion: Never pay in full for a job until it is completed and you are satisfied. This will mean that the tradesman maintains an interest in completing the job to the highest standard. A deposit and progress payments are fine, but don't pay the full sum until after the project is completed. ALWAYS get a receipt.
4. Check up on your contractors: Check all licences and insurances so you know who you're dealing with. Always get a signed contract. Having the deal in writing and signed will ensure you get what you agreed on.
5. Do some research: Educate yourself about the work you are hiring the tradesman to do. Knowing a bit about the project as it goes on means you'll know if something goes wrong, and it's more fun that way anyway!