Owning or renting a home in London inevitably leads to a situation where you’re going to need to call a repair man for something. This can be a minefield if you haven’t done it before and if you’re not careful, you can get ripped off. Here’s a few tips to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Always hire an expert
If you don’t have knowledge in a particular field, you should most certainly not attempt to fix something yourself. For example, if you have issues with the electrics, you should call a pro like AA London Electricians. If you don’t and try to do it yourself you can end up in the A&E for something serious or void a warranty in your home.
Ask a friend first
The first thing you should do is ask a friend if they can recommend someone for the job. Personal referrals are often how most contractors get work and it can be the best way to make sure you get the most of your money.
Research, Research, Research
If you don’t have a personal referral, then it’s time to do research. Always research a potential contractor thoroughly. Check for reviews on Google and other review websites. If they have bad reviews, avoid them. But do keep in mind that the most likely people to leave reviews are the ones with an axe to grind.
They may be around your place for a while, so be nice to them. They’re humans too. Offer them a cuppa or some biscuits (but don’t keep them from working).
Always Agree on Price
It’s important for everyone to negotiate and be clear on price before anyone does any work. That way you’re both protected from getting ripped off. Do not pay them upfront or for materials – you should only have to pay when the job is done and done properly.
These tips should help you navigate hiring a contractor – good luck!