How to add value to your home with basic DIY and when to call in the Professionals!

Spring is the time when people tend to roll up their sleeves and embark on do-it-yourself projects.

For those who are not keen to get their hands dirty (they may not have the ability, expertise or time) hiring the right tradespeople and avoiding cowboys is crucial. Despite the rewards from tackling jobs around the home it is important to know your limits and when it is best to call in the experts. Four out of ten people admit to carrying out DIY disasters that have landed them with bills of as much as £5,000 to put right.

Trusting a professional

Personal recommendation is a great place to start when looking for a tradesperson but it is vital to follow up with references and alternative quotes.  Always remember that the cheapest quote is not necessarily the best and can end up being the most expensive if it fails to disclose extra costs – such as charging for travel, additional materials and VAT.
 

There are organisations that help homeowners find trustworthy tradespeople such as Checkatrade,  TrustA-Trader, Which? Trusted trader and Rated People.  We take our customer feedback very seriously and are proud our our constantly high reviews here.  Click here to see what our customers say about us Checkatrade

Professional certification

When choosing a builder, consider using a member of the 9,000-strong Federation of Master Builders. An Electrician should be a member of an approved trade organisation, such as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers. For Gas installations find a tradesperson who has a Gas Safe register certificate.

Workers not signed up to any of these associations could invalidate home insurance if something goes wrong – such as a house fire.

Stage payments

Builders should have a written contract with you, detailing the stages of the build at which they should be paid and the amounts. Make sure that each stage has been reached before paying, and that the work has been passed, if necessary, by the building and warranty inspectors.

Federation of Master Tradesmen

The Federation of Master Tradesmen logo is recognised by consumers and home owners throughout the United Kingdom. It is respected as a sign of professionalism and a commitment to excellence in the home improvement sector. Members are set strict standards on how to conduct their business. These standards centre around fairness, transparency, honesty and quality of service.  The FOMT is the association of choice for professional tradesmen.

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Alternatively you can email us directly here  karl@fourcornersproperties.co.uk  or if you would like a chat please give us a call on either 07788702068 or 01202 269740

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