When you are looking for a tradie you need to know the steps to follow and what to look for, to make sure you get the right person for the job.

If you are renovating or just have some odd jobs that need to be done around the house you will be searching for a good, reliable tradie to get the job done well.

Good tradies will be prompt, do quality work and  do their utmost to ensure everything goes smoothly.

If you’re in the market for a tradie follow these steps and find the tradie who is right for you.

Get multiple quotes that list the cost for each part of the job including service fee, materials etc.

This way you can see what they are charging and will know if any unexpected costs pop up later. If you are using an online quote gathering service, make sure you are receiving quotes from qualified and licensed tradesmen and women.

2. Ask around

Ask your friends and family if they have encountered a good tradie lately. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, if a tradie has bad reviews move on.

3. Qualifications

When you have narrowed your choices down, ask to see their qualifications and licenses. If a tradie is reluctant to share this information they probably don’t have them or they aren’t up-to-date.

4. References

Ask a tradie for one or two references. If you contact a tradie’s references make sure to ask questions about punctuality, working speed, quality of work, basically anything you think is important for your own peace of mind. For instance, if you are looking for a tiler as specific questions about their tiling skills.

5. Insurance

Check that a tradie is adequately covered by insurance, just in case an accident does occur.

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