Choosing the right tradesman to carry out work on your home can be tricky. How do you decide who is the best company or individual for the job? Do you rely solely on price, and are their website reviews really reliable? If you’re looking for someone to carry out work that’s quite specialised and that you know nothing about, can you trust them to make honest recommendations?
If you’re looking for a roofing contractor to fit something like UPVC Fascia and Soffits, for example, here are some handy tips that will help, and The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) offers some great advice too.
Word of Mouth
One of the best referrals for any product or service is word of mouth. If a friend, colleague or neighbour has used a company and recommends them, that’s a great starting point. See if you can pop round and take a look at the standard of the work and materials used. Ask questions. Did they complete the work in the required timescale and work in a safe and tidy manner?
It’s often a good idea to stay local too. If a business owner or individual tradesman is happy to live in the same street or town as his clients, then, in general, he has nothing to hide and isn’t worried about being chased by unhappy irate customers.
But just because someone has been recommended, don’t automatically give them your business. As well as being confident that they can complete the work satisfactorily, it’s also important to feel comfortable with them as a person. Meet with and get quotes from three contractors to compare the cost, the advice they give you and the materials they’re going to use.
Check Their Credentials
Are the products they use British Board of Agreement (BBA) approved like those supplied by https://www.absolutebuildingplastics.co.uk/upvc-fascia-boards/, and what sort of warranty do you get with work they complete?
Do they have the correct insurances to complete the work, such as public and employer liability? How about safety? Can the company demonstrate that they take the safety of their clients, employees and subcontractors seriously? Any building work can be dangerous, but particularly when working at heights.
Finally, take your time choosing a contractor and don’t let them pressure you into signing on the dotted line if you’re not happy to do so.