Money Matters Team

Guide to finding a trustworthy tradesperson

By Money Matters Team 14/03/2018

Looking to carry out some refurbishments around your home but unsure where to start? Finding the right tradesperson can save you time, money and frustration. Check out these tips to help you find an honest and reliable trader with the right skills and attitude for your requirements.

The kitchen needs renovated, you'd like the bathroom ceiling repainted, you’re after a new shower cubicle and the bedrooms could do with re-carpeting. How do you dodge the ‘cowboys’ and source a trustworthy contractor to provide a high-quality service at a price that suits your budget?

Online marketplace Rated People offers the following tips for finding trustworthy tradespeople:

  1. It’s vital that you carry out checks on a tradesperson you’re looking to hire and never pay large amounts upfront.
  2. Online review sites offer more in the way of vetting than word of mouth or directories, but the checks shouldn’t stop there. For instance, ask for proof of any certifications that they claim to have and always read what previous customers have to say.
  3. Don’t just pay attention to positive reviews but take the time to look for and read any negative feedback too to build a fuller picture of the tradesperson you’re considering for the work.
  4. For added financial protection, avoid paying in cash and pay by credit or debit card wherever possible.

Our visual guide provides more practical tips on where to look for someone reliable, including useful sites to help you start your search as well what to consider when briefing contractors. We’ve also outlined steps for minimising potential problems and resolving any issues.

Finding a trustworthy tradesperson

For more handy tips, have a look at our home insurance guides.

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