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Reliable Tradesmen?

MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,628 Pioneering
Anyone any advice on finding reliable tradesmen that are properly registered? I need an electrician and plumber and not sure how best to go about it. 

When I say registered I mean officially registered as a company or self employed as I need to be able to get a receipt and invoice, as my housing association are going to refund me the costs. 


  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,580 Disability Gamechanger
    I take it your HA doesn't have it's own maintenance team or recommended anyone else?

    Checkatrade.com is decent - just put in the trade you need and your post code and it shows fully checked tradesmen with a customer rating and reviews as well.
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,628 Pioneering
    @OverlyAnxious Yes they have there own teams but they said they cant guarantee they can fit me in as they still have staff shortages apparently, so they agreed that if I sort it they will refund. 

    Thanks for the link, I will have a look at it. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,026 Disability Gamechanger
    Ratedpeople is another similar one Mark, if as you say you need a receipt make sure they know before they do the work.
    I will now only offer benefits advice on PIP, and specific benefits advice for other people with Epilepsy. 
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,628 Pioneering
    @woodbine thanks I’ll check that one out too. 
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 4,121 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 16
    If I need a local tradesman I google for local tradesmen or company.
     I get three quotes and ask all three if they have the right certification and tell them why I need to know.
    Very simple. No middlemen who talk about a free service but who charges the tradesmen for the lead and who in turn charges the customer, nothing’s free at all.

    Self employed people have enough to put up with without having to pay yet another middleman in my opinion.
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