We all know that hiring tradesmen can be a giant pain. Where do you go to find one? How do you know they are reliable and trustworthy and that they are going to do a good job?
The internet has definitely helped in this regard. There are now lots of websites that tell you about different builders and there are also lots of reviews available. This does make it much more difficult to for a bad tradesman to hide. However there are also pitfalls here too. For instance how do you know that the reviews and testimonials are real? Also when a particular company appears at the top of a websites list, you may think that’s because they have gotten the most positive reviews or because thy have been vetted and found out to be the very best in that area of construction. But you’d be wrong for thinking that. In fact these companies have just simply paid for the luxury of being at the top of the page. I bet you didn’t know that.
Even in the internet age you still need to use caution. You still need to follow the golden rules. Like, checking for proper certification, full insurance forms and tax clearance forms. Of course the only real way to know if the guy is as good as he says is to look at at other jobs he has completed. Now this is where most people get lazy. They want a good job but like most humans they don’t want to have to do anything to get it. So they’ll just do a few checks and then assume (or hope) that the guy is trustworthy. But just because the guy is nice, good value and arrives on time, doesn’t take away from the fact that he might just not be that good at his job. Building anything requires skill and experience. Even the most pleasant man or team of me in the world can’t just magically make a good job happen.
You may find that a person with an abrasive attitude actually does the very best work at the best prices. You need to ask yourself are you trying to make a new friend or get a good job done?
So just don’t be lazy. Have some self-discipline and go check previous work. Ask lots of questions and if you don’t like what you see or hear then look for someone else.
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They do every single job you can imagine related to roofing. They mostly do roof repairs however and if you want to check out that specific page you can find that here – http://RoofKings.co.uk/Roof-Repairs/.
Don’t get caught out. Do your homework and you’ll be fine.