Star BMS gives top tips for choosing the right tradie

Choosing The Right Tradies

We’ve all heard the stories – the tradespeople who don’t turn up on time (or show up at all), who overcharge for second rate services and don’t do the job as specified – you and your community may have been a victim of it.

At best, dealing with the wrong tradie is frustrating and time consuming. At worst a poor contractor is financially costly and potentially dangerous.

Choosing the right person for the job can be difficult and incredibly frustrating, so we reveal the right tools to make that job easier.

Recommendations – Getting recommendations from your colleagues in the building management industry is a great way to compile a short list of people who have a good reputation for quality work but that should be just the first step.

“A Licence to Drill” – Does your tradesperson have their ‘double-O’? Be sure to sight relevant licences and, if you’ve not worked with a particular tradesperson before, check with the appropriate governing body to ensure they are a member in good standing.

Safety first – Ensure that the contractor provides a safe work method statement that outlines their commitment to safety and should also show how potential risks are assessed.

Get multiple quotes – This is a procedural basic every building manager should follow as a matter of course. Most body corporate/owners corporation committees will also insist on comparing prices before awarding the job. Which leads to…

Prepare a scope of works – Before calling anyone out on site, be familiar with the work that needs to be done and, if appropriate, even write out a scope of works to give to each potential contractor.

Get quotes in writing – Written quotes with a warranty period prevents misunderstandings. It allows you to effectively compare specifications and prices so you can make an authoritative recommendation to your committee.

Agree on a timeframe – Reduce frustration and minimise inconvenience for residents by asking for a start date and a timeframe for works to be completed.

Ask about public liability insurance – In addition to checking on your tradies’ building licence, make sure they are adequately insured for the job.

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