If you need a tradesman, then you will be aware that it can be difficult and time consuming finding the right one. With such an open market for individual contractors, it can be hard to distinguish the professionals from the cowboys. Worst of all, if you make the wrong choice it can have severe consequences and leave you with more expensive bills than originally anticipated.
Luckily, the Internet has eradicated most of these problems. With online services such as MyBuilder.com, you can discover a more streamlined and effective alternative to finding tradesmen. The service works by reversing the traditional scenario; rather than looking up various adverts; you post an advert yourself and allow tradesmen to come to you, offering a quote for their services.
As you're the one writing the advert, you need to make sure it’s as informative as possible. A quote will only be based on the information the supplier has at hand, after all, so it’s not set in stone. Give as much information as possible, including the age, make and model of any facilities used, such as boilers or washing machines. In short, the more the tradesman knows, the better they can assess your requirements.
Furthermore, a clear and precise advert will attract more quotes for this very reason. If you're light on information, a tradesman might not feel comfortable offering their services, or simply won't have enough information to provide an accurate quote.
Once you have received a number of quotes, you still have to choose a final option. MyBuilder will let you shortlist five candidates to liaise with directly and advise on the important factors which should be used to help finalise your decision. It's not always about budget; as with any service, the cheapest option isn't always the best one.
The previous work history of any given tradesmen should always be considered. If the work history is sporadic and inconsistent, there might be a reason for this. It could be that the service provider is a part-time contractor or it could indicate a poor work ethic – so it’s always a good idea to ask.
Alongside this, you should look at any available customer feedback or reviews. A lot of people in this trade generate business by word of mouth, and this should be no different online. Customer feedback and reviews should give honest impressions of the work done. When choosing between a smaller pool of candidates, the tradesmen with the better reviews might be a better choice than the cheaper offer. Sometimes it’s better to go with the more secure option than risk problems later on, however, there is no reason why you can't find a tradesman with both a great history and affordable quotes.
Likewise, you should offer your own feedback when the work is finished. Customer feedback is important in this industry and the tradesmen will more than appreciate your recommendations if they've done good work. On the other hand, if the work was sub-standard, then feel free to post an honest review, giving other potential customers fair warning.