Whilst the role of your property manager is very vital to the wellbeing of your investment property by ensuring it keeps getting tenanted and that you get the highest return possible, you also need the services of other people in order for your investment to achieve its optimum potential.
The success of your investment lies in the hands of the people surrounding it which is why when choosing tradesmen, make sure you hire the best there is. If possible, try to form an “A-Team” of tradies that will collaborate with each other to guarantee the growth of your business.
As a property owner, surely you’d want to protect your investment at all costs. And what better way to do so than to hire quality tradesmen? Now, how are you going to do that?
To make sure you hire the right people for the job, here are a few tips you need to consider:
Do Your Research
Before you decide on hiring someone, ask yourself, “Am I comfortable with this person?” In order to have this peace of mind, make sure you have done enough research before hiring.
Trust Your Instincts
Bear in mind that whomever you hire as your tradesman will have to work in your home. As the owner of the property, it is important that you feel this person is trustworthy and you are comfortable to work with them. Be sure to find the time to meet them or call them before hiring. This will give you a chance to size them up and help you make an informed decision.
Ask For Advice From Other Property Owners
One of the best ways to gather valuable information regarding where to find quality tradesmen is asking other property investors like you. Get as many opinions as you can regarding their experiences with the tradesmen they have hired in the past and ask for recommendations.
Check for Skills and Qualifications
Before deciding on hiring someone, it’s a standard operating procedure to assess the person’s qualifications and insurances to make sure that their skills suit the job that needs to get done. Another thing you have to take a look at is if they are capable of operating safely and producing quality output at the same time.
Ask for their IDs, copies of insurances and make sure they are licensed and certified. Ask for a copy of the company certificate that the tradesman studied with as well as their registration number. You can look it up on the company website to see if the registration matches the details you have been presented.
Be Upfront with Payments
One of the most common problems in hiring tradesmen is overcharging. To make sure that you protect yourself from such, we suggest you agree with payments upfront.
Never ask for an estimate as it is subject to change as the work progresses. Establish a payment schedule indicating the work you needed done, the amount and the payment frequency. Ask for an invoice on every payment that you make.