So you need some work done on your house. You start the process of finding a tradie but you want someone you can trust. Is there a way of sorting the good guys from the not-so-reliable ones?The beauty of doing a major building project is that you’re generally only working with one person — the builder.They’re the ones co-ordinating the team of tradies, sorting out timetables and managing costs. But for smaller jobs, such as replacing a deck or fixing the plumbing, most of us are in the dark about choosing the best tradie for the job.media_cameraIf you have a bigger project planned down the line, try out your tradie on something small first where the cost is lowerChief customer officer for Hipages, Stuart Tucker, says new research by the online tradie portal reveals Australians spend $73 billion a year on tradie services, including $3.4 billion spent hiring someone to fix work that has gone wrong.With so much money on the line, it’s not surprising that we want to get the job done right, on time and on budget.media_cameraEven if you’ve had a casual meeting, send a follow-up email outlining what was discussed. If you think of anything new, add it in writing“You should be comfortable that they have the right skills to do the job you’re hiring them for, that they are licensed,” Stuart says.“The licensing regime from trade to trade and state to state is very complicated so it’s sometimes hard for people to understand whether their tradie is properly licensed. We check their ABN and their licences before they go on to the Hipages platform.”Recommendations from friends and online reviews of previous work are also great ways of seeing whether your tradie is up to the task, and if they’re likely to turn up on time and complete the work to your satisfaction.Stuart says being clear with your communication is the best way forward for both the homeowner and the tradie.media_cameraIf your work is structural, use online services to look at pictures of your potential tradie’s work and read customer reviews“A lot of it is about communication, things like what is and isn’t included in the quote and when you can expect them to turn up,” he says.A lot of consumers are anxious about whether they will be up for unforeseen or unexpected costs. A clear brief is a good way to go.”Hipages’ research also showed that 42 per cent of Australians don’t check licences. “You don’t want to get complacent about those basics,” he says.
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