We all know that there is a hugely competitive trade industry out there. So how can you possibly identify the best tradesmen for the role? Well, this article will go through some of the most recognised practices of finding a reliable and skilled tradesmen for your business, specifically with a guide to assist with finding on site painters.
Best ways of finding on site painters
Approved Business Directories
Now first things first, it’s certainly worth diving into the local business directories. The best ones to consider are ones with a high level of credibility and those that look to complete background checks on the businesses that they approve.
Some of the most successful business directories to consider when trying to find a good on site painters are; Yell.com, Yelp.co.uk, Construction.co.uk and Google Places amongst a host of others. However, these guys tend to complete thorough checks on the organisations, so you know that the listings that mentions them and their skills will be legitimate and not SPAM.
Directories are also a great way to find out about what other people think of the business, on a lot of directories there are sections for reviews which are a good indication of whether the business is worth working with.
Talk to people and business owners that you trust. If you know someone that has had a considerable amount of on site spraying completed recently, ask them for their details and see if they would recommend them to you.
Using a local company is a great way to save a little cash on your maintenance, but why’s that? Well firstly, a local business is not going to have to travel a long distance, saving fuel and travel costs that they would naturally have to include in their quotation.
Do your research. See if you can find some recognisable governing bodies for the trade that you are after. For example, if you need a reliable painter, it could be worth seeing if the Painting and Decorating Association has a list of pre-approved contractors.
Now, these are going to be your most reliable source of professional tradesmen and women. One of the most recognisable trade associations for the construction industry is CheckaTrade and Constructionline.
Both of these associations carry-out thorough investigations into each trading company before they are recommended and listed on their directories. Trade associations are a great way of showcasing a business reputation; you can see the response they have had from other customers.
Trade associastions, have strict rules when signing up to be part of their directory including informing customers of any call out fees before attending, they also have to be realistic about their workload, and what times they can attend a job, they also have to ensure they will keep all appointments and arrive on time. Companies that sign up to trade associations go through a rigorous process before being having their business shown including an interview process, checking of all accreditations and qualifications, public liability insurance, ID checked, references, address verified and VAT registered. All stated above are a clear indication that any business registered with with a trade association are good to work with.
Customers are more inclined to leave a review on the business’s Facebook account as it’s more convenient. Social media is also another way of checking the brand’s reputation if they are regularly interacting with customers that are asking for information or quotes they are more likely going to get back to you with a quote as soon as possible.
When it comes to researching the business, there are a few things you should be looking out for. How up to date their website is, do they have information about previous work they have carried out? If so, take the time to read and have a look, you can get an idea of the quality of their work.
CJ Coatings always recommend when looking for big painting contractors look out for any accreditations they may have. Accreditations are a great indication as to whether the business takes not only pride in themselves but also provide the right certification when carrying out a job. There is nothing worse than booking a contractor to come out and paint to realise they do not have the right accreditations.
If you require a specific coating application take a look at the certifications on the website, this will showcase the business qualifications, and whether they have been trained in the particular painting coatings, you are looking for.
Most tradesmen are going to offer a free quotation service so take full advantage. We always recommend taking a couple of quotes to allow for comparison, don’t always take the first quote you receive as you could experience overcharging for services that could cost you half the price. It is also a good indication as to whether you are being ripped off or may have found a cowboy contractor.
Choosing the wrong painter is a lottery, you could be risking a significant loss of money as well as paying out for costly repairs and materials. You should always do your research on the company before calling for a quotation, make sure to check for accreditations, certifications and any feedback on the website. Case studies or previous work are a great way of your checking the quality of the company.
Approved directories are a great way of looking for business; many people don’t use them as much anymore. However, they are a great way of checking local business. Local or business recommendations are always good to take into consideration, word of mouth is always better than what you read as the person who used them previously has real-life experience of working with the contractor.
Trade associations are also another thing to look out for; business has to take a test and take part in investigations into their business to ensure they qualify for being on the site, this is a great indication they are good to work with and use in the future.