- Before hiring someone to do the job, ask them for their credentials and check to make sure they are insured for the job they would be doing. If they are honest, they will not have a problem producing the information you ask for.
- It is normal to put down a small deposit for the job, up front, but, be wary of anyone who asks for a large deposit or even wants the whole amount before any work has even been done.
- It sometimes happens that a person living in a more affluent neighborhood will be quoted a higher price for the same job, than someone living in a less wealthy area. When obtaining quotes over the phone, try to avoid giving your address until after the price has been quoted. In this way, the price won’t be based on your neighborhood.
- Even if you are quoted a price, it might not end up being the final price when all those “unforeseen extras” are added up. Find someone who will give you a fixed price for the whole job and then have it all down in the contract.
- Be wary of anyone who is overly pushy and wants you to make an immediate decision about hiring them.
- Ask the trades-person for their address and ask them to tell you about the locations and details of their previous jobs. If they seem reluctant to give the information, you might not want to hire them. An honest person should not mind giving out this kind of information.
Following these simple tips should help you make the right decision about who to hire for your job.