11.18.2020

Tips for Finding Quality Trades, Minus the Price-tag'

 So, you’ve decided that your home needs a facelift. Or perhaps there is a growing list of maintenance and repair items that just can’t wait any longer. Whilst it may seem easy (and cheap!) to simply pick the most affordable option from a list, this might not be the best plan in the long run. Taking the time to find a tradesperson who can offer quality workmanship, as well as competitive prices is worth it and may end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take to maximise your budget, without compromising on quality.

Ask Around

If you have a friend or family member that has recently had work done at their property, find out who they used, and if they were happy with the final product. It is also worth exploring what their experience was like as a whole – an end result is one thing, but knowing how your chosen labourer handles problems and challenges is also important. One of the best parts about using word-of-mouth recommendations is that you can often view the completed work yourself, and inspect the quality first-hand.

It’s also worth asking if any incentives for referrals are offered. Sometimes tradespeople will give a discount or include some extras as thanks for the recommendation.

Do Your Research

Finding reviews and information on fees and charges is a great place to start when researching your potential trades. Even checking out their website, and reading about the company’s history and experience, such as this roofing company’s site - https://avidusroofing.com/roofing/, can help you make an informed decision. Finding a good fit for your project and budget will be much easier when you have detailed information about the business and how they operate. Making sure they have relevant insurances etc. is also important, as this could save you from accidentally employing a rogue tradesperson who will disappear when things go wrong.

Getting quotes from a variety of services is a must. Looking for services that offer free quotes can save you some money up-front, and asking for itemised quotations will ensure you are able to compare value for money in the options presented to you.

Source Your Own Materials

One way to save big when it comes to renovations is to source your own materials. Leaving services to both supply and install will result in your paying a marked-up price for goods. Additionally, your service provider may only offer a specific range, limiting your choices when it comes to available materials.

Asking for a quote to install only, as well as one to supply and install, will enable you to weigh up your options, and consider whether sourcing supplies yourself will be worth it.

Do It Yourself

There may be parts of the project that you are able to do yourself. With a little research online, you may find that things like painting and hanging shelves are well within your capabilities, and can shave off some of the costs associated with your trades. Most services won’t have an issue with you expressing a desire to complete parts of the project yourself, and are more than happy to offer advice and information to help you out.

Saving money when renovating or maintaining your property doesn’t have to mean opting for the cheapest quotes. By doing some research, sourcing your own supplies, and getting your hands dirty where you can, you can minimise costs whilst still getting quality work done.

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