In your hurry to fix problems, do not skip doing the research to find a trustworthy and reliable tradesman who can help you. How to choose the right people for the job:
Recommendations from family and friends
Word of mouth is one of the best methods to find a trustworthy tradesman. Ask your neighbours, friends, family or colleagues if they have had any work done. If so, they may be able to recommend someone. Also, it’s worth making contacts in the industry. If you know a plumber, or an electrician, they may have someone to recommend. Tell them who referred them, and they might give you a discount.
If you cannot get recommendations from friends and family, try using the Trading Standards site and the search by postcode option. Contact your local office to ask for recommendations. Local Authority Assured Trader Scheme Network – a service linked from 18 Trading Standards branches across the country – ensures that all businesses listed have adhered to a strict set of professional practices. When you need an Exeter Electrician, contact SL Electrical, an Exeter Electrician service.
Approved Trader Scheme
TrustMark is another website that can be visited for assistance. It is a non-profit, government-sponsored scheme where you enter your postcode to find local tradesmen. This scheme provides a guarantee of quality and is backed up by independent operators, trade associations, and trading standards. If you see the TrustMark logo, it means that the technical skill and reputation of the traders has been verified.