When looking for the best company to hire, the most important thing you can do is to carefully check out the tradesperson using a variety of methods.
A good price and a friendly smile is always a good start, but if you want your project to progress smoothly making certain checks are essential.
Their online profile:
When a tradesman expresses an interest in your job we immediately send you an email with a link to view their FindaTrade profile – you can also see this in your account at any time.
Take time to fully review their profile to make sure it is complete and up to date – remember though that some trades will naturally have more qualifications/certifications such as Gas Safe registered engineers.
Their description should really sell their services and explain what they do as a company. Photos of the company and their work also help show you who you are dealing with and get a feel for the tradesperson
When you consider a company ask for references and try and make sure any supplied references are relevant for similar jobs they have done to yours. If they have references posted on our site.....ask for their contact numbers and call them, see how they respond.
Many companies will supply you with a portfolio of their larger projects and are more than happy to have you contact previous customers to discuss their company and the finished job.
We ask all tradespeople to supply their public liability insurance details on their profile. We would advise you to always ask to see their insurance certification documents before any work is undertaken. You can also call their insurance company to make sure everything is valid.
If your job requires the tradesperson to have specific qualifications or certifications to undertake the work make sure this is provided. This is necessary for many projects, especially if gas (gas safe registered) or electric (Part P) work is required.
To read more about this see our 'Rules and Regulations' help section which provides detailed information on the laws governing your projects.
Any memberships or accreditations quoted can also be checked by contacting the relevant body or company.