Opinions of Web Sites Offering Good Tradesmen?


Postby ericmark » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:50 am

I have looked for tradesmen now I am getting older and less able to do work myself. I know electricians and plumbers have to be members of schemes to be able to sign off work, So not talking about GasSafe or ELECSA and the like they have to join them.

But it seems Trusted Trades Man sites under many names seem to be the reverse of what they claim. Good electricians have no need to join these sites they get enough work by word of mouth and simple web site. Only the chancers need to have some one get the work for them, no one will recommend them so they need to join these trusted tradesman sites to get work.

So I have learnt to avoid any tradesmen who are members of a trusted tradesmen site. Is this just me or does every one find the same?
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Postby lets have a look » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:48 am

That's not fair,they have to start somewhere,I don't understand why customers don't ask to see their qualifications,I always take mine
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Postby jamesrickman » Fri May 20, 2016 10:42 am

Hi,

I really cant find a decent builder, I am in the Exeter area! Its like there impossible to find, I also recently tried using an interior design consultation from B&Q from and they are the worst! Completely unhelpful, drives me mad.
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Postby AdamADN » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:52 am

I am a builder and I find that it is difficult to gain trust from my future customers.
At least with these sites you can choose who you would like to do the job and always ask for jobs done in the past. Mybe see if you can speak to someone that have used the builder your thinking of using before. I have permission from my past clients to do this and it helps when I have unsure customers, just for piece of mind really.

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Postby NathalieMartin » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:41 am

Has anyone ever used rated people? I'm looking to renovate in the future, have had one or two bad experiences with cowboy builders! Nothing major, but one or two shoddy plastering jobs and misaligned tiles.

Like you have said, the best workmen get heard of through word of mouth - but they're usually so busy!
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Postby diydoctor6 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:19 am

This is a great topic, and one that is always a problem, if you cannot get a personal recommendation of a good local tradesman. We, at DIY Doctor, recommend using Checkatrade or Trust Mark. On balance we have settled with Checkatrade as they are much more proactive, particularly on behalf of the trademan. See more details here: http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/find-tradesmen/

There is another issue which is often over looked, and 'AdamADN' and 'lets have a look' touch on it a bit. The consumer can be so cavalier about the most valuable asset they are ever likely to own, their home. The standard checks that we take for granted (qualifications, experience, etc) are the norm for any employee in the workplace, but these go out the window when inviting a tradesman in to work on their homes. They are employed so should have the same checks, if not more!

We have tried working with Rated People some years ago now, and our experience was not great, but things have changed a lot since then.

"That's not fair,they have to start somewhere" is an admirable sentiment, but I'd prefer a novice to cut their teeth on someone else's home; I don't want them in mine. Rated People take anyone, novices and the lot, but you have had to have been trading successfully for at least a year (they check trading standards and references, etc).

It sounds harsh, and I know that everyone deserves a start, but there's where these guys have to use their contacts - get through that first year and then they can start on customers from the web that they don't know from Adam.
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