Trades and pro­fes­sion­als

The Oban Times - - SELF BUILD & RENOVATION -

Choos­ing the right com­pany to work on your self-build is a big de­ci­sion. With rogue trades­men and poor work­man­ship wide­spread, how can you find a lo­cal rated trades­man or com­pany you can trust? Fol­low these handy tips to help you choose the most suit­able ap­proved trades­men for the job:

• Are they mem­bers of an es­tab­lished trade as­so­ci­a­tion such as the Scot­tish & North­ern Ire­land Plumb­ing Nm­ploy­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion or Gas Safe? • Be­ware of em­ploy­ing a trades­man who is un­able to pro­vide a home or busi­ness ad­dress and a land­line phone num­ber. • Make sure you check the com­pany’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence of car­ry­ing out sim­i­lar work. • Ask to see ref­er­ences from other sat­is­fied cus­tomers. • Ask if the work is cov­ered by a guar­an­tee, how long the guar­an­tee should last and whether it is backed by in­sur­ance. Should the com­pany cease trad­ing, any de­fects will still be reme­died. An in­sur­ance backed war­ranty is de­sir­able, es­pe­cially if the project is a large un­der­tak­ing. • Nval­u­ate how well a com­pany or trades­man re­sponds to your en­quiry; do they turn up on time, how closely do they lis­ten to you to find out what you re­quire and how care­fully do they sur­vey and mea­sure? Ul­ti­mately, the in­di­vid­ual or com­pany you se­lect for your project will de­ter­mine the qual­ity of the fi­nal re­sult, so en­sure you choose a trusted, cer­ti­fied trades­man and re­ceive ex­pert work­man­ship and peace of mind.

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