Plumbing, renovation of the electrical network, masonry, carpentry… You want to carry out renovation work on your home and you prefer to call a specialist. But you don’t know how to choose the right master.
It is not always easy to find qualified experts to whom to entrust your project. Here are some tips for choosing a trusted handyman.
How to find a good craftsman?
Your search will vary depending on the type of work to be done. If, for example, you have just bought a house and have a lot of work to do, consider contacting a jack-of-all-trades construction company that will have a global vision for the project.
On the other hand, if you need a specific handyman to do your job (mason, painter, plumber, electrician, roofer, carpenter, tiler, etc.), here are some tips for choosing.
- Find a master by word of mouth
Ask your surroundings, your family or your network if they know of a quality craftsman to carry out interior fitting works (construction work, renovation, thermal insulation work, painting work, air conditioning, masonry work, etc.). This is the most effective technique to ensure that you call a professional who works conscientiously.
Talk around your renovation project: Your friends might also advise some builders not to meet because of the problem, thus saving you from the same disappointment. If you are buying a property, ask the estate agent if they can recommend a qualified tradesperson.
- Use a platform specialized for works
There are several sites for connecting tradesmen and individuals to find professional or qualified builders:
On these pages, you are asked to describe your project in detail, then contact is quickly established with several specialists in your region who commit to carry out your work project according to your budget and according to the quality charter.
- Find a master online
Online research is also an option.
4 pitfalls to avoid
Finding a handyman to do the job is not always easy. What points should be checked before signing?
- Do not inquire about a pre-selected company
Ask your contractor for references to see how they work and their level of finish. If he doesn’t have photos to show you or projects to tell you about, watch out (unless he’s just started his own company, of course).
Before you decide, consider searching for information about the companies you’re interested in:
- Type of company: Is it declared (look for its registration number). Is it a micro-entrepreneur, doo, etc.? ?
- How old is it? Find the year the company was founded (available at infogreffe.fr or societe.com)
- Company qualifications: Does it have an RGE certificate (recognized environmental guarantor)?
- Does it have a 10 year warranty, current year? The date of the invoice must be within the year of the 10-year warranty to be valid for 10 years (even if the craftsman stops doing business before the end of 10 years, here he then takes over the insurance).
- Does he have marks that guarantee his technical knowledge and experience?
Construction professionals or marked craft companies (Qualit’Enr, Qualibat RGE, etc.) are a safe bet. Is there professional liability coverage? Delivery time guarantee? Don’t hesitate to ask a question. Consider also contacting the Chamber of Crafts.
- Get only one offer
Don’t hesitate to ask for several offers (at least three job offers) to get an idea of the mid-market price and find the right compromise. The offer must be detailed, item by item, so that you can compare prices.
Meeting with several professionals also allows you to compare the opinions and advice of each craftsman, in order to find the one that will be able to adapt to your project. Some will be stronger than others, they will question certain ideas to optimize the potential of their property and find appropriate solutions. On the other hand, if the expert doesn’t ask questions and doesn’t take action, be careful.
- Pay for all work when the offer is signed
It is essential that the contractor or tradesman offers you an invoicing schedule.
As a general rule, it is customary to pay:
- 30% after signing the offer,
- 40% under construction,
- 30% upon receipt of the page, after the works have been completed and when you have checked whether the final works were carried out in accordance with the rules of the profession.
Do not accept any offer that asks you to pay 100% after signing.