Finding the best tradesperson for your project can be a challenge, with so many options out there it’s often difficult to know who to trust. To help you out, we’ve put together some of our top tips on finding and choosing a good tradesman!
Get Personal Recommendations
Recommendations from friends and family can often be the best way to find a reliable local tradesperson. They’ll be able to give you their honest feedback on tradespeople they’ve used in the past and maybe even show you examples of the work they did for them.
If you don’t manage to find anyone through personal recommendations, there are lots of online resources to help you find tradespeople in your area. Websites such as Checkatrade, Rated People and My Builder can help match you up with nearby tradespeople, as well as let you see reviews from previous clients. If you’re planning to use PongoPay to pay for your project, we can help put you in touch with a PongoPay verified tradesperson near you.
Do Your Research
Before you choose your tradesperson it’s important to make sure you’ve done your research! Luckily there’s often a lot of information available online which can help make this easier. Reviews on Google, Facebook or online directories are a good place to start and can help you spot any red flags. It might also be worth checking if they’re registered with any trade bodies or associations which can give a good insight into their professionalism and qualifications. For bigger projects, ask the tradesperson for references from previous clients and examples of their work so you can have a better idea of what to expect.
Quote, Quote and Quote Again!
You should always get quotes from at least three different tradespeople before making a decision. This will give you a clearer idea of the true price and help you avoid getting ripped off. Remember though, the cheapest option is not necessarily the right one as it’s important to take into account the quality of the work that will be done. Once you’ve made your decision, make sure you have the quote and details of all the work to be done in writing so everyone is clear on what’s been agreed.
Make Sure Your Payments Are Safe
We recommend against paying up front for work, especially if it’s a tradesperson you’re unfamiliar with. Instead, you could discuss setting up a payment plan with your tradesperson so you can pay them in stages as the work is being completed. Using PongoPay to pay for your project allows you to pay for work in stages, receive updates from your builder and raise a dispute in case of an issue, all from your mobile phone. Our secure escrow payment system means that payments will only be released to the contractor once you’ve confirmed that the work is done so that your money is protected every step of the way.
PongoPay protects tradespeople and their clients when conducting construction transactions, making it safer and easier to pay for building work.
All payments made through the PongoPay app are securely held in our virtual ‘Safe Deposit Box’ and only released once both sides agree the work has been completed as agreed. If any disputes arise, we even offer a free mediation service to help resolve any issues.