If you’re not a seasoned DIY expert, chances are you’ll need to enlist various tradespeople to handle different aspects of your renovations.

We’ve all heard unsettling tales of “cowboy” builders, being ghosted after you’ve paid, or just poor workmanship.

With over 12 years of experience in the construction industry, I’ve encountered these scenarios firsthand on a significant scale. That’s why I’ve compiled my top tips for effectively hiring tradespeople for your projects.

(1) Recommendations

My first tip would to be to get recommendations from people you trust, whether its family, friends or other tradespeople. People are unlikely to recommend someone or something that they wouldn’t use themselves. If it is someone you know well maybe ask to see the works that have been carried out so you make a judgement for yourself.

If you’re unable to gather recommendations from friends, it’s important to read online reviews and carry out due diligence. These reviews can provide valuable insights into the quality of service and workmanship offered by tradespeople.

(2) Quotations

Multiple Quotes

I strongly advise obtaining a minimum of 2, preferably 3, quotes from different tradespeople for each aspect of works you are carrying out. Particularly if it is a large value project or companies you have not used before. By doing this you are able to compare the quotes to ensure you are getting best value for money and you aren’t being ripped off.

Breakdown of Quotes

It’s essential to have a clear understanding of what you’re paying for. Asking for quotes to be broken down allows you to see where your money is allocated and understand any potential changes in prices.

When getting multiple quotes asking for works to be broken to down in the same format from each company will allow you to make a fair comparison.

This transparency ensures that you can track what and where you are spending your money.

(3) Timelines & Dates

I would always recommend having timelines, dates and durations agreed upfront before any works is carried out. It enables you to coordinate schedules with other trades if necessary and provides clarity on when the project will be completed. This proactive approach helps in effective project planning and management.

(4) Payment

I always suggest refraining from paying the full amount upfront for works. Instead, it’s wise to agree on the terms and schedule of payments beforehand. Depending on the project’s scale, it’s advisable to break down payments into a deposit and subsequent progressive payments. This approach helps maintain financial security and ensures that payments are made in accordance with the completion of agreed-upon milestones.

I trust you’ve found the tips provided in this article beneficial. Should you have further inquiries regarding managing trades or if you’re considering outsourcing this aspect of your project, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can explore Hannah Elle Interiors’ Services and Packages page for additional information. We offer a comprehensive project management service designed to alleviate the stress associated with renovations. Additionally, feel free to explore our quote review service for added peace of mind.