A lick of paint, new kitchen or top-to-toe renovation. If your new home requires work you can save yourself a world of pain by getting in reliable and cost-effective tradespeople.


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Whether you’re a dab-hand with a toolbox or prefer to steer well clear of DIY, when you’re moving home, getting tradespeople in is sometimes your only option.

Finding the right tradesperson for the job might seem daunting, but with a bit of research and the right tools at your disposal, you can rest easy you’ve made the right choice.

When to find a tradesperson

Being willing and able to take on some improvements yourself can save a fortune. Painting, putting up shelves and fitting your own curtains or blinds are all examples of tasks that could be worth a crack.

But if improvements to your new home involve electrics, plumbing, plastering, carpet fitting or roof work, then it’s probably time to find a qualified tradesperson.

How to find tradespeople

When you move home, even if it’s into a brand new pad, there’s a good chance there will be a few jobs that need doing.

Before you get started with finding someone for the work, it’s worth bearing in mind that the best tradespeople can be in high demand and therefore booked up well in advance. So, make sure you plan ahead and give yourself time to get several quotes.

One of the most tried-and-tested ways to find tradespeople is to use someone who you know and has been tried and tested. But you’ll still need to make sure they are fully qualified and insured.

Alternatively, you can check out our partner, Plentific, where you can search your local area to find details of trusted tradespeople, and compare reviews from previous customers.

Finally, to make sure you’re hiring a tradesperson you can trust, ask to see their qualifications, find out if they are a member of an accredited body and search online for reviews about their work.

Check they are properly insured so that you and your property are protected from any accidents or damage.