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How to avoid an Unreliable Tradesman

You can often find yourself in a scenario such as when. Your boiler has broken down in the middle of the winter, or your shower is blocked and you need to get ready for work. There will come a time when you will need to hire a tradesman. This may be to fix the boiler, the bathroom or the radiators. Hiring a reliable Tradesman is important. If you hire an unreliable Tradesman you will run the risk of paying far too much money for work that isn’t up to scratch or that will need a large number of repairs in the future. The key is to understand how to tell the difference between a Tradesman who is reliable and a Tradesman who is not reliable.

How to spot the difference between a Tradesman who is reliable and a Tradesman who is not reliable:

General History and Qualifications: Ask a tradesman for a work history and a list of qualifications and training certificates acquired. If a tradesperson has a steady history and seems to be working quite often that tradesperson will probably prove to be very reliable.

References: To obtain references just simply ask the Tradesman to provide you with a list of clients, if this is denied it is likely he is hiding his previous work and should not be trusted.

Many Tradesmen are required to obtain specific certifications and join certain organisations. Check into the trade itself to find out which registrations and certifications are required. For example if they are working with Gas they need to be Corgi Registered (now known as Gas Safe) to do a guaranteed job.

As a property owner, tenant or a property sitter we can all be confronted with  an emergency situation such as when. Your boiler has broken down in the middle of the winter, or your shower is blocked and you need to get ready for work. There will come a time when you will need to engage the services of a qualified tradesman. This may be to fix the boiler, the bathroom or the radiators. Finding and engaging a reliable Tradesman is important. If you engage an unreliable Tradesman you will run the risk of paying an excessive amount of money for work that isn’t to your satisfaction or not up to current standards or regulations the likely hood further work will be required to not only to repair the initial work but to put right the work that was done in the first instance.

For emergency work this is a tricky task as foremost you need to deal with the emergency so a couple of easy things to check for are as follows:

  • Are they registered with the appropriate regulatory authorities ie Gas Safe previously Corgi ask for number this can be verified by Gas Safe by phone or on the website
  • Do the engineers carry official identification?
  • Does the company or individual have public liability cover
  • Do they offer a guarantee on the work
  • How long established

For bigger Works or planned work

How to spot the difference between a Tradesman who is reliable and a Tradesman who is not reliable:

General History and Qualifications: Ask a tradesman for a work history and a list of qualifications and training certificates acquired. If a tradesperson has a steady history and seems to be working quite often that tradesperson will probably prove to be very reliable.

References: To obtain references just simply ask the Tradesman to provide you with a list of clients, if this is denied it is likely he is hiding his previous work and should not be trusted.

Many Tradesmen are required to obtain specific certifications and join certain organisations. Check into the trade itself to find out which registrations and certifications are required. For example if they are working with Gas they need to be Corgi Registered (now known as Gas Safe) to do a guaranteed job and be legal.

Paperwork: Obtain written quotes generally from three independent sources, but don’t always go with the cheapest,  Ask for proof of insurance and a copy of the terms and conditions of the guarantee they offer and is it insurance backed.

Disclaimer: This is only general advice and the list is not exhaustive