DIY is great but there are many jobs that we can't do or shouldn't do!
I've had good and bad experiences in the past with tradies so would love to hear what are your tips for finding a good tradesperson?
Thanks heaps, Vicky
I always go with recommendations from family and friends. I'm happy to pay a bit more for quality work. And when I find a tradie who I can trust and does great work, I stick with them for everything!
Word of mouth is so important - I always ask my friends for a good Tradie recommendation. I just want a Tradie who is honest and on-time, and can actually do what they tell you they can do. Where relevant I like to see a portfolio too - particularly with any landscaping work we get done.
Hi Vicky - it might sound obvious, but for me it's all about asking a LOT of questions up front, to gauge expectations on both sides. Things like:
A detailed quote is really important. Obviously get it in writing. It should include the full scope of the job and detail things like rubbish removal and warranty etc. A good quote will also list exclusions - what's not included in the job. You certainly don't want to get half way through the job and have them putting their hand out for more cash. The quote might also tell you something about the tradie's professionalism if it doesn't have their accreditation on it and things like ABN, licence number, GST, etc
This isn't much of a "guide" - https://www.domain.com.au/advice/a-guide-to-choosing-the-right-tradesperson-for-your-home-renovation...
It's basically ask your friends, get quotes and communicate. Interesting that it mentions forums like this though as places to ask for recommendations.
I just want someone who is reliable and trustworthy. I don't mind if they are not the cheapest as long as they do quality work that is going to last.