Evesham Glass and Glazings Tips For Employing a Tradesperson
Many property owners choose to upgrade their home rather than sell and move to a bigger house. Adding value and improving the quality of their home life.
If your home is beyond the simple DIY tasks then it is likely that you are on the lookout for a qualified tradesperson. The problem is, how do you know if they are qualified for the job?
Luckily, here at Evesham Glass and Glazing, the team have put our heads together to come up with some helpful tips for employing a tradesperson, to help safeguard you from cowboy builders and help prevent you from being left out of pocket.
Research Tradespeople Within Your Area
When you start looking for a home improvement company to carry out work on your home then research is key. Head to the internet to find out about local home improvement firms that can carry out your required needs. Some questions you might want to consider are;
- Do they have social media channels? What are other customers saying?
- Have they got recent testimonials on their website?
- Does the work they carry out look a high standard?
Get Three Quotes – Not Estimates
We would advise you to get at least 3 written quotations when looking to employ a tradesperson to carry out work on your house. This will help you get a better understanding of the cost involved in the project and help you see if you are being overcharged for the work required. We would also advise you to ask if the cost covers their time and the materials or are these separate prices? Always ask for an itemised written quote.
Don’t use Door to Door Salesmen
If you only take one piece of information away from this article then please let it be this. Never use knock at the door traders. This may seem easy and convenient for you.
However, the chances of it biting you in the wallet is high. Ask yourselves, why do they need to knock on your door for work? Where are their recommendations and testimonials? Where are they based? Who do I contact if something goes wrong? “Knock at the door” traders rarely answer any of these questions satisfactorily If someone in particular knocks on your door to notify you of an issue with your roof, gutters, windows etc and ‘they can fix it for you’.
We would advise to politely thank them for pointing out the issue and then call a reputable company to asses the issue. You can read more about an experience a member of the Evesham Glass and Glazing team had with a high-pressure sales agent here.
Make Sure They Have a Clear Understanding
When a tradesperson come to your property to assess the work that you require, always be clear and precise about what you want. This will help both you and the contractor to get a clear understanding of what is required.
Ask For Previous Testimonials
If they are a reputable company then they are going to have worked on other properties. Ask where you can see a list of testimonials and images of work that have been carried out. For example, you can find our testimonials here. And you can view a large array of projects we have carried out here.
Does The Work Come With a Guarantee?
Always ask about the guarantee that comes with the work. This will help settle your mind if the worst is to happen and something is to go wrong a few weeks or months after the build has finished.
The issue of payment on a home improvement project is one of the most important aspects to a homeowner. After all, they want to make sure that the work they require is carried out to a high standard for a fair price. Instead of a really cheap price for work that never gets started or work that is left halfway through the project.
- Do not agree to any work without a written quote detailing what work is to be carried out on the property and the cost that the work will come to. Make sure they include the cost of materials.
- Under no circumstances would we advise you to go to the bank or a cash machine with an installer or a salesman.
- Only fully pay for the work once the job is completed to your satisfaction. Ask the person who carried the work out to walk you through what they have done. You can also ask a friend or family member for a second opinion
Evesham Glass and Glazing – Servicing the Community
We hope that our top tips for employing a tradesperson will help you out when it comes time to employ a tradesperson. Here at Evesham Glass and Glazing We pride ourselves on our quality and are happy to welcome customers both new and established to view our previous work and the thoughtful testimonials we have received.