An interesting article from This Is Money sums up the problems for most homeowners looking to do home improvements thorugh tradesmen.
According to the article one in ten jobs go wrong giving homeowners an average of £3200 in costs to put things right.
But the article lists several ways to reduce the problem including using websites that only use vetted tradesmen, such as Trustmark. Priceatrade offers such a vetting system where only tradesmen conforming to the Priceatrade Quality Assurance Charter are able to provide services on the site.
The article also advises homeowners to check the tradesmen for qualifications and memberships.
These include the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers.For gas installations you must find a tradesman who has a Gas Safe Register certificate. If a worker does not have these qualifications it may invalidate your home insurance if things goes wrong – such as an electrical fault causing a fire.
Priceatrade allows you to view the profile of matched tradesmen so you can view their credentials online before you engage their services.