CHOOSING A TRADESMAN
If your property incurs minor damage during a summer storm, Donna Hole from Hipages — an app that allows you to search for and hire tradesmen — warns you shouldn’t be tempted to try to fix it yourself.
“While you may be tempted to fix things immediately, in most cases it might be better to get an expert in,” she says.
“Consider whether you have the right tools and knowledge — without the proper equipment and know-how, you could potentially make the problem worse.
“Most importantly though, think about whether it is safe for you to do it. Experts will have the knowledge and equipment to manage these sorts of risks.”
If the damage to your home is extensive enough for your insurance company to be involved, Bessie says to check the next steps with your insurer to ensure that you are following correct procedure.
“Typically, if you have home and contents cover and your claim is approved, you’ll need to obtain a certain number of quotes to pass on to your provider before work can commence,” Bessie says.
Donna agrees sourcing and comparing multiple quotes is key to ensuring that you’re getting the right price for the job required.
If you don’t have cover, Bessie advises collecting four or five quotes in order to find the one that suits you best.
“The cheapest quote isn’t necessarily the best option,” she says.
“Once you’ve selected a company, make an agreement of hours and timeline in advance in order to avoid unexpected charges, for example, being charged extra for work on a public holiday.”
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