I thought that I would be politically correct with the title of this post. What does anyone do? I need some work doing in the garden. One team of gardeners have been and removed a large area of decking that was going rotten. They were due to return to complete the work. They sent an invoice for work that had been done, I haven't heard from them since. I did pay the invoice for the work completed. I have now contacted three gardeners, appointments were made and only one turned up..It's a minefield.
I tend to try to get recommendations from people I know about trades-people they've had good service from. It doesn't always work out, but the builders who did our extension were recommended by an old colleague of my OH and they were excellent - that having been said, she also recommended the architect who we were less pleased with, so it's not foolproof unfortunately!
I have been on my builder.com when i've needed a service. Put in the job you want done, then several will email you with a quote, then choose the one who has the best reviews from the site. No one wants a bad review on there, so they are all very happy to help.
There is a lot to be said for being part of a group, and the support and friendship that is gained from this.
I used it a couple of years ago and found a joiner who was very efficient - came out at 7.30 to assess the job. Arrived on time. Measured up. Never heard from him until I messaged to ask if maybe his quote had gone astray. He sent a quote, quite high but I felt reassured that he was on Which and accepted the quote. Never heard from him again!
Might be worth looking on there Trisha if you have no joy as they can’t all be the same! Good luck!
Hmmm, I just tried that link and doesn’t appear to be free anymore!
Trisha this seems to be common practice with a lot of trades - so frustrating! The last few times we’ve needed work doing I’ve used ‘my builder.com’ not just builders but all trades. I’ve never had a problem with no shows or work being done because you write a review which everyone can see which I think makes a big difference 👍