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As one of the major DIY stores begin trialing a scheme offering independent tradespeople to do the jobs that homeowners either cannot do themselves or just choose not to do, we pose the question – is it better to DIY or GSI (get someone in)?

As the DIY Doctor website shows, there are plenty of jobs that are relatively easy to do yourself, but if you don’t have the skills or indeed the inclination, there are plenty of tradespeople out there to do the job.

Sometimes it’s the fear of being ripped off that puts people off, and that’s where DIY Doctor’s ‘Find a Tradesman’ scheme is perfect. You just fill in your details along with a brief description on the task in hand and you can receive up to 5 FREE no obligation quotes from tradespeople in your local area.

If you are looking at getting someone in, always get at least three quotes, follow up references and if possible try and view previous work of the tradesperson. DON’T be tempted to go for the cheapest quote just because it’s the cheapest – there might be good reason for it being cheap, if you are taking someone on for a large project make sure you get a contract drawn up (see our Desired Outcome Building Contract) and make sure your chosen tradesperson is insured and has the appropriate certification (eg gas safety, part P registered etc)

For more advice on avoiding cowboy builders see our project page and our page on building contracts, where you can request a free copy of our contract.


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