Not all tradesmen are created equal. If you want great value for money, you’ll need to do your research before you enlist the services of a professional. Here are some tips on how to get value for money when hiring a tradesmen.

1. Use a comparison website

One of the quickest ways to find a good quality tradesman in your area is to use a comparison website. This will allow you to compare different professionals – including electricians, plumbers and decorators – in one place without having to spend too much time searching the web. You’ll be able to find the cheapest services in your area. Make a list and then contact the tradesman directly for a full and final quote. Alternatively, check third party review websites. These sites allow you to read reviews from customers who have used a particular service in the past, providing you with all the information you need.

2. Check for qualifications

Tradesmen in the UK need to be Gas Safe Registered if they are working with gas-related problems in your property, so don’t forget to check a tradesman’s credentials before you enlist their services. This will usually be listed on their website hut, if not, check on the phone before you go any further. Always check that the professional you use carries an ID card with them and a licence number. The type of qualifications a tradesman will need will depend on the type of work they carry out but this is something you should research before you choose one.

3. Ask for prices up front

Always check prices upfront before you go any further. Find out how much the service is going to cost you over the phone and inquire about hidden costs or additional fees. Don’t ask for an estimate as this can increase in the future. Instead, ask for a full and final quote and see if the service provided is good value for money.