CHOOS­ING A TRADES­MAN

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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.”

Source quotes from sev­eral qual­i­fied trades­men

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