2018-07-05

HomeFixer Tips – Red Flags When Hiring Contractors & Tradesmen

red flags when receiving quotes from service providers

HomeFixer was conceived to help people hire trusted contractors and tradesmen more easily. We monitor our service providers closely, please watch out for the following ‘red flags’ when getting quotes from any service provider.

1.Cash deposit

Unless the job is really small this is a definite red flag

2.Failure to submit written quotes

Paper trails are important and professional service providers submit professional quotes and invoices.

3.Lack of professional qualifications and accreditation

If a service provider does not belong to a professional association like the National Home Builder’s Association or the Plumbing Industry Registration Board, there are less protections for the customer. The service provider will not be able to issue a valid COC (certificate of compliance) if they are not accredited.

4.Timelines committed to writing

Ideally a quote should include signed-off timelines and clear deliverables.

While there are many great one man band operations out there, generally the more professional service provider who are likely to deliver the best work, have a website or social media presence, branded vehicles and professional accreditations . Please pay attention to service providers profiles, the profiles list their accreditations. Also use the ratings features to find trusted service providers. Verified service providers have been vetted by HomeFixer.

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Editors note:
HomeFixer is a platform that connects people with trusted service providers. While HomeFixer takes every precaution possible to ensure that the service providers who use the platform are of the best quality, the community’s help in rating service providers is essential to the platform’s success.