You will most likely have heard that there are times when doing some groundwork on a particular type of tradesman is essential – what you heard was right. There are occasions when you require a flooring contractor for both domestic or/and commercial flooring installations. If you are doing your research from the comfort of a desk, in other words via the internet, separating the professionals from the cowboys can be an exhausting task at the best of times. Your decision to call or email for a quote is based on a hunch; usually after comparing the various competing websites that flooring contractors use to promote themselves.
One of the toughest things to establish is whether your choice will be correct; you won’t know this until your choice of flooring contractor has signed off your installation with you. This task in itself can be a harsh and costly learning curve, especially for first-timers.
Getting Word of Mouth Recommendations Via the Internet
Due to modern advances in technology consumers now have a view into a world which, previously, was only available face to face down the local pub, or in other community groups. I’m talking about virtual word of mouth, namely: review websites. We all know that contractors referred from someone we know are tried and tested, and tradesmen love to be referred as not only are referrals the easiest jobs to acquire – usually at no cost as the promotion has been word of mouth. Gathering references and genuine feedback from real people can be time consuming as opposed to scanning the internet, therefore review sites are an effective time saving method.
A level playing field for any real tradesman to set out his stall
Review sites provide a level playing field for real tradesmen and service providers to show the world their quality. The reality is that they are scrutinized not only by ombudsmen, but by real customers so you know the comments are genuine. This type of feedback is invaluable when it comes to selecting a flooring contractor. If they get featured on a review site such as Free Index they can be made or broken in public eye.
Let the Accreditation do the talking
Additionally you may also verify the quality that the person/company you are looking to hire is offering by seeing if they are accredited by a professional organization. I am talking about the kind of organizations which stand for values like service, craftsmanship, and commitment to health and safety.
Not all Accreditation’s Are equal
With any tradesman or construction company you will note that they may look to have accreditation’s galore, or will attain to it being the case. However there are only a handful that stand for anything of real value such as:
- Chas Accreditation
- Safe Contractor Approved
Ensure if are you choosing a flooring contractor that they have at the least the three accreditation’s previously mentioned, or you may get an unwanted surprise.