Your Ultimate Guide to Picking the Right Tradie
Whether you’ve got faulty lights or some heavy landscaping lined up, it’s important to find tradies you can trust. With all the options our there these days, it can be tricky to know where to start. Follow our tips and you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect tradie!
Do your research
With a whole world of tradies out there for you to choose from, it’s not always easy to know where to start. But, thanks to the rise of online reviews, you have great tools at your fingertips for picking out the best of the bunch. After all, the internet never forgets! Sue and Neal of Ausmotion Removals recommend to “Check out reviews online. With all the information available online, you can find out anything! The internet’s a valuable tool that way. It can get you behind their website so you can see what other people are saying about their business.” Also remember that a negative review isn’t always a bad thing – it happens to most businesses from time to time. The main thing to consider is if the business responded to that review promptly and professionally.
Get a detailed quote
Justin from Omzen Electrics says, “If a tradie can’t give you a ballpark quote upfront, then there’s probably something wrong.” Any outfit worth its salt should be able (and happy) to provide you with this basic service from the get-go, so always ask before you agree to anything. What exactly should a detailed quote include? Ask for an outline of the job proposal, the tasks involved, and a breakdown of costs for labour and materials. A quote should also state whether those rates could fluctuate based on changing conditions, such as after-hours work. As Justin puts it, “If you can get good communication, workmanship and value for money, you’re spot on.”
Make sure they’re licensed and insured
Being licensed and insured means a tradie is working to a good standard of safety and quality. We chatted to John of N.S. Tree and Gardens, who advised us to “Make sure that the workers are insured and that they have Public Liability insurance for your peace of mind. Also make sure their insurance policies are up-to-date.” When searching on True Local check if the tradie has a credentials section on their listing, so you can check if they are up-to-date with their relevant licences and insurance before you give them the go-ahead.
Qualifications and relevant checks
If you’re going to let strangers into your home, it’s probably wise to enquire about their background a little. You can never be too safe, and every honest tradie would thoroughly agree. An ABN, ACN and functioning website are good indicators that a tradie is legitimate – and these can all be found on the business’ True Local listing. Bayside Gardening’s Nicholas stresses that “Qualifications are key. You also want to look for someone who’s passionate about what they do and loves their job.”
Passion for the job
Speaking of passion, that’s a good one to check off as well! Top-quality workmanship requires tonnes of enthusiasm, so it’s vital to find people who genuinely love what they do. A 10-minute chat with a tradie about their business and team can offer a lot of insight into whether they really go that extra mile for their customers. Find out what they love about their job, what drew them to the profession, and be on the lookout for behind-the-scenes photos or videos that put a face to a name. Dean from Dean Matt’s Carpentry strongly concurs: “Find out whether they’re really interested or they’re just there to make a quick buck; whether they like to see the end product or just wait until 3:30 and knock off!”