5 Top Tips for Choosing the Right Tradesman on the Kapiti Coast

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Anyone who has had work done on their property on the Kapiti Coast has a story to tell. It might be a glowing recommendation or it might not. When someone is really anxious to vent about their experience with a builder on the Kapiti Coast, it is going to be because the job was a nightmare from beginning to end.

Here are the top 5 tips to help you choose the right tradesman.

Tip 1. Personal Recommendations

If you’re searching for landscapers on the Kapiti Coast, drive around and look for beautifully landscaped properties. Stop and ask the owner who does their work. This holds true if you are visiting someone and they have a gorgeous kitchen or bathroom. Most people won’t mind sharing the tradesman’s name.

Tip 2. Online Research and Directories

It’s easy to get a lot of information quickly, but you need to separate good information from bad. Unscrupulous tradesmen can give themselves great reviews. Research the source of the reviews. A reputable business directory such as The Property Hub that is sponsored by well-known businesses is much more likely to have valuable information than a website that can’t be vetted.

Tip 3. Credentials

The worst experiences that people have are with fly-by-nighters. They run an ad offering a great price and sound experienced and reputable. However, once the deposit has been spent, they won’t have the money to finish the job.

Look for:

  • References – check them out
  • Necessary licenses
  • A health and safety policy
  • Membership in a Masters or trade association

Tip 4. Don’t Go For the Lowest Price

An experienced and reputable tradesman is unlikely to offer the lowest price. If you want quality workmanship, it won’t be available at bargain basement prices.

Tip 5. Write it Down

It’s a Kiwi tradition to settle a deal with a handshake but, if it goes south, you need a contract. Spell it all out in detail. If changes are made to the job later, add that to the contract. Most importantly, never pay the entire fee upfront. A 10-20% deposit is generally appropriate.

At The Property Hub, we can put you in touch with a trusted, local builder  on the Kapiti Coast and much more. You will learn about discounts, giveaways, and promotions as well as reading reliable reviews. We are continually monitoring the performance of plumbers on the Kapiti Coast and other businesses so you receive the best value. Visit our website today www.propertyhub.co.nz.