If you’ve just moved into a new house, or your current abode is in need of a bit of loving care – you might be under the illusion that you have to do all the work yourself. Many men consider redecorating and fixing things around the house to be their domain – but if DIY isn’t your forte, you could be making some very costly mistakes. If you’re in any doubt, hire professionals to work on your house: doing it yourself badly has too many potential repercussions, including an angry wife or girlfriend! Here’s how to get the right man for the job…
Trust your instincts
If the person you’re thinking of hiring makes you feel even the tiniest bit uneasy – don’t give him the job. Even if you can’t quite put your finger on why you’re not sure, don’t take any risks – it’s your money and your home at stake here.
Whether you’re employing someone to do antique lighting restoration, put in a new kitchen, or rewire the whole house, it’s always a good idea to ask for references. Calling at least one previous customer to find out what their experience was like can save a lot of hassle in the long run.
Ask for samples
If possible, ask for samples of work completed previously. That antique chandelier that your other half wants fixed up and cleaned could end up in bad shape if it’s handled by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing – not good for your stress levels!
Choose an expert
It can be tempting to employ a jack of all trades to get the job done, but you’re taking a risk by saving a pound or two. If you want your kitchen fitted, for example, give the job to a professional who has years of experience at making sure cabinets are aligned properly and worktops look flawless.
Check who is going to do the work
Tradesmen often hire subcontractors to complete small jobs while they concentrate on their main earners. Find out who is going to be working in your house, and check their credentials.
Find out about the legalities
Is the man who’s going work for you insured? It’s important to find out! It’s also a good idea to check for professional accreditation in their specific industry – as this can provide reassurance that the job will be done properly.
Do the right prep
If there is furniture that has to be moved before work can start, take care of that yourself. Many tradesmen will not touch your furniture or other fittings that aren’t to do with the job because they don’t want to take responsibility for any breakages. You should also make clear what times you do and do not want them in the house – this prevents you from being woken up at 7 am by an especially eager workman!
There’s no shame in getting help when you need it, and this definitely applies to getting work done in your house. You can always pretend you did it yourself!