5 Things You Must Know Before You Hire A Tradesperson
Renovating at times can be a stressful process, which is why hiring the right trades person is so important. The last thing you want is extra costs and a poor job to slow down your project. These 5 tips will help you find the perfect trades person every time.
Get more than one quote
Our general rule is getting a minimum of 3 quotes. When looking for a specific trades-person it is a good idea to have a little look around and get quotes off several different people. This gives you a good understanding of what the average cost is and allows you to potentially get a cheaper price for the same amount of work. However, keep in mind that sometimes cheapest is not always the best option.
One of the most important things to know about a trades-person is their reputation. Doing a background check on the trades-person is a great idea to ensure you are hiring somebody who will be doing high-quality work. Thanks to social media these days, it's pretty easy to find a company and check out their previous work. Most websites will also have photos of past projects available, as well as a few testimonials from customers, which will give you a clear idea of their workmanship. Don't be afraid to do a little digging, or just ask, if you want to find out more information on a person or business before jumping straight in.
Make sure they are insured
Check that they are insured. In the unfortunate scenario that property or personal damage occurs you want to make sure that both yourself and the trades-person are covered by insurance. They should be willing to show you written proof of this.
Check that they are qualified
Make sure whoever you choose has gone through all the necessary steps to become qualified and that they are a licensed trades-person in their specific field. You would never let an unqualified doctor perform surgery on your body, would you? So why let somebody unqualified work on your house. Again, don't be afraid to ask these questions before you sign any dotted lines.
Make sure you know everything that is included
The final factor is to read the fine print and be 100% sure of what is included and excluded. This ranges from several different things, such as upfront costs or whether there is warranty on their work. Get your contract reviewed by a professional to ensure that you don't miss anything. A small overlook could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars down the track, so it's best to get everything confirmed and looked over upfront before you sign.
If you want more information on what you should be looking out for when building or renovating your home, book a free consultation with the Monsta Crew.