How to find the right tradies

Find The Right Tradie

Tradies are important when you are building or renovating a home, or fixing problems within it. Many people become stressed when they need to find the right tradies, because they do not know what to look for and they do not know where to start looking. Here are some tips and tricks to consider, when searching for the right tradies to get your job done.

What is their reputation?

When you are choosing a tradie, their reputation is one of the most important considerations. A great tradesman will have a long list of clients who love their work and who can vouch that they will do a great job. Depending on the type of work they do, they may be able to provide you with pictures of previous projects, or even let you see finished projects in real life.
When you see the work and hear the reputation of someone you are about to hire and it is good, you will feel much more confident about making your choice. If a tradie has a great reputation for past performance, they are more likely to apply the same skill and dedication to your project.

How much do they charge?

If you are hiring a tradie, they will need to complete the job within your budget. While your budget will still need to be reasonable, you should be able to find affordable tradesmen in your area who want to do a great job for a good rate.
Tradesman will charge fees in different ways, and it is important to ask how much they charge, if there are any additional costs, when they will need to be paid, and if there are any ways to receive a discount or lower the price. Never be afraid to define the costs upfront first, so you can consider if the amount is reasonable for you to pay.

Can they communicate effectively?

Tradies who take on projects will need to face problems, understand client needs, work to a budget and work on time. All of this requires excellent communication. When there is a problem they should be able to converse calmly and clearly, and if they have questions these should be asked as soon as possible. Excellent communication inspires confidence in clients, so you should expect nothing less when you hire good tradies.

What are their skills and specialities?

Different tradies have different skills, and it is important to hire ones who are confident and experienced in your kind of project. You would not employ a plumber to change a light fitting, so do not assume that you have the right tradesman for the job. Ask if they have worked on jobs like this before, and look for a confident and articulate response.

Can someone else coordinate everyone involved?

If your project is large and requires the assistance of multiple tradesman, you may find it easier to hire someone else to oversee the entire project. Coordinating everyone is difficult and if you do not know much about construction and home maintenance, you may not be able to do this effectively yourself.
Talk to a home handyman about your project, and ask if they can help you with everything that is involved. They may be able to complete some of the tasks themselves and arrange other tradesman to complete the tasks that they are not skilled in. If they can do this, your job will run smoother and you will achieve greater satisfaction in the end result.
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