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Property Tribes is delighted to announce that Checkatrade have joined the community as a sponsor of our Refurb/Develop Tribe.Checkatrade is a free nationwide directory of reputable tradespeople who can be contacted to undertake maintenance or improvement work on your property.Checkatrade runs strict background checks on tradespeople before they can become members. Once they join, members agree to have feedback from their customers put online for all to see. They have published 3,640,646 independent reviews to date.Checkatrade currently have 29,405 recommended, vetted and monitored trades and service providers, who can be contacted via the Checkatrade platform.Nick Tadd, owner of Property Tribes commented:"We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious name as Checkatrade to the Property Tribes community. Landlords not only need to respond to tenant maintenance and repair requests in a prompt manner and have them undertaken to a high standard, but also maintain their properties to ensure they achieve maximum rental and asset value.With many stories of rogue tradespeople and builders, Property Tribes members, by working with Checkatrade tradespeople, can be assured of getting a professional service and high quality work.With the implementation of Section 24, many landlords are looking to improve their rental stock and develop and add value, and many investors are also seeing that development and forcing the appreciation are strong strategies for the current market conditions, so the timing could not be better for Property Tribes to partner with Checkatrade".It is the support of sponsors and advertisers that maintains Property Tribes as a free to use community resource. If you have got value from this forum, you may like to show your appreciation by using the products and services of our commercial partners.NOTICE: AS OF FEBRUARY 2019, CHECKATRADE ARE NO LONGER A COMMERCIAL PARTNER OF PROPERTY TRIBES.SEE ALSO - 10 tips to avoid cowboy buildersUP NEXT - Tips for saving money when hiring a skip. DON'T MISS - Top 10 Property Tribes resources for novice landlords and BTL investorsNOW WATCH:
lol That's owned by one of my friends
Glad to see they have joined us cant beat a NE company
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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I generally use checkatrade for sourcing a tradesman and i have no complaints about the quality of work carried out. My only gripe is the number of members who turn up to quote and you never hear from them again. Unfortunately Checkatrade will not list this as a complaint.
I have to be honest and say that I've used checkatrade a few times and had nightmare tradesmen from there. One had amazing reviews and was the worst plumber I'd ever had - caused no end of problems. I can only assume he was writing his own reviews. I will never use the site again.
There is flaws in it
I had a dodgy Central Heating engineer who I caught out
he put my name forward for a reference to the checker trade
I had a phone call asking me for my reference and I refused to give it and I told them to be careful
Guess what he ended up on the system
I think it can be fiddled and manipulated if a Dodgy Tradesman wants to use its services.
Yeah, I agree. One tradesman told me that you have to pay to be listed on there. If that is true, then I believe it's a conflict of interest. I now believe that the best way to find good tradesmen is to get a personal recommendation from someone you know. This is what I do now.
To be honest I thing Good Tradesmen are normally in demand and don't use it
I'm sure some start there if they are new
But I think established good tradesmen don't use it
I always steer clear of the 'perfect 10' trades because it's a pretty safe bet it's one of their pals posting it up.
Funnily enough I've never been asked to leave a review on checkatrade when things haven't gone well, wonder why that is?!
It's like most online feedback systems, open to misuse unfortunately.
I don't pay to advertise on these sites (they are all similar in that the tradesperson pays a fee to either be on the site or get contact details )
Had one call today where the client called trading standards and they were given my number (as well as another 2 or so) who had been vetted by trading standards.
Trading standards are doing a trusted trader scheme up here and they will be rolling it over Scotland in time
I like Checkatrade and have found such services invaluable particularly for my non-local properties.
I used Checkatrade just the other day locally in fact as our usual bathroom fitter was too busy. I actually found someone on there that I'd used before, but didn't realise he did bathrooms - and I valued the 'gallery' with photos of his work. The site also informed me that he is "Surrey Trading Standards Approved".
These sites are so useful in gathering information so you can consider and contact a number of tradesmen, who of course don't always have their own website.
This is not a Checkatrade anecdote, but I just remembered a time when I went to St Helens as I was organising the refurbishment of a house there. Some random guy was walking past and saw that works were being done - and the grass needed cutting. He practically begged me to let him cut the grass. As he looked quite unfortunate, I was moved to say yes. He sent me photos after and I paid him online, having returned home.
The next time I went up there, a neighbour told me he'd turned up on a bicycle with a strimmer that he said he'd borrowed and was glad of the work as he'd not had any for ages. Bless him! I took a bit of a gamble there! (He did later contact me and ask if he could move in, as he'd split up with his girlfriend, but I said no at that point lol - I did have tenants lined up!)
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