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How to Find the Right Tradesperson for the Job

Ok, so you have a project - Now you need people to help do the work...

It can be a daunting task, but you'll surely agree that finding the right person or business to assist you in your project is vitally important. It doesn't matter whether you are searching for a Builder, a Plumber, an Electrician, a Gardener or somebody else. Hiring the right kind of people can make the difference between a successful project which is on time and on budget, or a catastrophic failure.

There are many factors to consider, such as qualifications, experience, reputation and your confidence in their abilities.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Tradesperson

When hiring a professional to assist you with your project you should consider the following:

  • Are they qualified? The professional you hire to do the job should be suitably qualified in their field - this usually means they have studied and worked in this field before. They will normally also have industry certifications and be members of professional or trade organisations (like a plumber's association)
  • Are they licensed? Many professionals (such as Plumbers, Electricians, Builders etc) are required to be licensed to carry out certain kinds of work. License requirements can vary between states & territories and also local councils so check with your local authorities about what is required in your area.
  • Are they insured? Insurance policies such as professional indemnity insurance help to protect you against any unforseen problems. It's always best to ask to see any insurance certificates to ensure that these are up to date.
  • How good is their reputation? Have they done this kind of work before? Ask for references and to see evidence of past work.
  • Have you shopped around? Take your time in deciding who to use for a job. You are entitled to obtain quotes from more than one business so make use of this freedom and pick the one that suits you best.

Where to Start

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