Home Advice Centre

Choosing a tradesperson

Verified Trader takes the hassle out of finding and hiring an vetted, insured and reviewed trades professional.

For big jobs such as bathrooms renovations, kitchen fitting, structural works and conversions we have created a quick guide to hiring that professional for the job:

  • Search Verified Trader for a local trades professional
  • Create a wish list of around three to five companies you wish to speak to
  • Ask friends & family if they know these companies you have selected
  • Contact them to arrange to view the job and give you a detailed estimate for the works
  • Ask to see examples of their previous work
  • Ask to see proof of Insurance, any trade associations they claim to be a member of, any legal details like Limited company number and VAT registration number (any business on our website will have had to provide all these details and can be found verified on their profile) 
  • Ask your tradesperson to confirm the amount of public liability insurance they hold. This insurance will protect the company against injury or death of third party persons, or damage to third party property, from incidents arising relating to the building works.
  • Once the tradesperson has been and taken away a detailed report of what works are to be carried out, you should receive a detailed summary of works, plan of action and detailed costings, knowing as a quote
  • Once you have found the right tradesperson and have agreed terms of work and costings, you should have a contract writing up. This means everyone involved knows exactly what is expected
  • Once all this is in place, you will be expected to pay a deposit or a percentage upfront to cover materials. NEVER PAY ALL UPFRONT! 
  • If you are undertaking a larger project you can normally include a retention as part of the contract. This specifies a small percentage of the building costs that you retain throughout the stage payments and release at the end of the project or a few months afterwards
  • Good communication between the client, builder and Architect is key to a smooth running project

Certificates and accreditations

Reputation

The contract

To check Official Bodies and Trade Associations, click the box below.

Each trade is represented by a trade bodies or association. If a company or person claims to be associated to one, you can check their credentials via the following link below.