Checklist For Hiring Tradesmen

There’s always an edge of uncertainty and trepidation when looking to hire a tradesman for window related work. This could be for anything, from double glazing to conservatory fitting. There are lots of horror stories portrayed in the media that may alarm us and warn us away from certain tradesmen.

However, you still need to have an element of confidence in the tradesman you will end up hiring, so is there anything you can do to ensure this? One good way is to write up a checklist before you decide to hire somebody. This list should serve you well throughout the process of finding the best window tradesman for you.

Firstly, you should never be afraid to ask questions of any sort. If you feel too pressured or intimidated to ask a tradesman a question, then the chances are, that you shouldn’t hire them in the first place.

The Checklist:

A good step is to check the tradesman on Rated People, as this can give you a semblance of security. Reading the experiences of other customers is a great way of choosing the good and ignoring the bad.

Ask for references or a portfolio of the tradesman’s previous work. If you can, then it is a really good move to speak to one of their prior customers and see first-hand the kind of job they completed.

Always ask to see their qualifications and credentials. If you’ve chosen a bad apple, this is the point at which they may get a little defensive. By law, tradesmen need to be registered within their specific area and so their ID should be proof of this.

You should be able to get a quote for the job before work has started. This should be a more accurate assessment than any estimate and give you a greater insight into how much you’re going to be paying.

When it comes to discussing payment, you should ask about a payment schedule and inquire about whether VAT is included on the price.

It is always nice to know if the tradesman you see is actually the person who will be doing the job and not sub-contracting, so this is another quick question to ask.

Lastly, find out about the guarantee for their work, how long it is for and where the paperwork is related to this. Ultimately, you want peace of mind throughout the project, and having a checklist like this should enable this.