The “Trade & Services” directory

You can prevent a lot of unnecessary hassles when it comes to hiring tradespeople, by taking the time to exercise due diligence upfront. Here’s some key tips to make things run a whole lot smoother:

1. MAKE SURE THEY’RE QUALIFIED

Choose a contractor that is accredited by trusted industry bodies.

2. ASK FOR REFERENCES

Before engaging a business or trades person, ask to speak to previous or current clients. Find out about their skill level and work ethic to ensure that they are capable of performing the job.

3. GET A SOLID QUOTE

Request a detailed quote. This will ensure good communication and avoiding the likelihood of future disputes. Ensure the quote includes the contractor’s ABN or license number.

4. SHOP AROUND

Source quotes from two to three contractors, especially for bigger jobs. Expect an average hourly rate of between $60 to $90 per hour.

5. GET THAT CONTRACT IN WRITING

It’s one thing to have a quote, but ensure you have it in writing. A detailed contract makes it more likely that the job will be completed as described, on budget and on time.