How to Avoid Cowboy Tradesmen

We have all watched the TV programs were the ‘cowboy builders’ duped people and wondered how it happened. You may believe that you wouldn’t be fooled like them, but it is easier said than done. Whether you are looking for a carpenter, plumber or electrician, it is important that you find a reliable and trusted tradesman to carry out your work.

If someone quotes you a lot less than others, you need to ask yourselves why. Sure, you are tempted to go with the cheapest option, but the fact is that it may end up costing you more in the long run as you will have to pay extra money for getting the dodgy work repaired.

Thus, the best way to ensure that you don’t get ripped off is by following the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Research online

These days, the internet can come in handy for pretty much everything and this includes searching for a reliable and honest tradesman. There are various websites that are dedicated to this purpose and provide you with a list of trustworthy and registered tradesmen in your area, along with their paperwork and qualifications.

Step 2: Shop around

Talk to a couple of tradesmen and get quotes to compare and find the best possible price.

Step 3: Opt for a written contract

Ask the tradesman to sign a written contract specifying the work, cost and the start and completion dates.

Step 4: Don’t pay upfront

Never pay for any work that is yet to be done unless it is the cost of materials.