The most important thing in any relationship is trust. This applies as much to working relationships as it does to your day to day dealings with friends and family members.
When it comes to dealing with tradesmen we all know some horror stories about people being conned, ripped off or simply disappointed by unscrupulous or unreliable tradesmen such as numbers and electricians. The work that is done for you in your home is something which you are going to use, or at least be left looking at, for a long time. For this reason it is extremely important that you hire someone who now only gives you a good feeling of trust, but who can also back this up with solid recommendations and an excellent work history.
Nowadays there is no excuse for simply flicking through a phone book, choosing a tradesman at random, crossing your fingers and touching wood. With the depth of information and choice which the Internet has opened up for us we can look for a worker what we know we can trust from the outset. This may seem a dubious claim, but let's look at the system for hiring a tradesman online and pick out the points which will give you that level of confidence:
1) Only registered, local tradesmen will respond to your announcement. Once you advise of the work needed done local builders, plumbers etc will be informed of the job possibility.
2) Recommended tradesmen stand out. With the responses from interested parties in your email you can check what feedback ratings they have each been given by previous customers.
3) Maintain your privacy. Your details are kept from the site's other users. You should only give your details out when you choose a tradesman, hire him and give him the full details of the job.
4) You get to voice your opinion. All the workers who use the site know full well that one of the most important features of the internet recruitment system is the feedback aspect. A bad review from you could lead to someone dropping from being the most highly rated builder on the site to being an average looking one. With internet recruitment sites, more than ever, local tradesmen have to take care of their customers and protect their reputation.
Once you find a tradesman you can trust then you will find the whole building process to be a lot simpler, whether it is a simple painting job or a sizable extension being built to your property.