- Check-a-trade and Trustedpeople.com. How much to advertise with them ?
I had a very positive experience with my builder.com – although a couple of the builders that approached me through the site wanted to deal ‘offline’ in order to avoid fees!
I think my builder.com is a bit more impartial than trusted people – I have heard more negative things about the other sites…Posted 4 years ago
Looking to register as a tiler/decorator on one of these websites and was wondering how much it costs and whether it’s worth it? Does anyone on here actually get much work through these two companies? Also, are there any restrictions/t+c’s to be aware of? Many thanks.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
Trusted Trader etc make money from the traders so don’t allow negative reviews, hence are a complete con. They also charge traders a fixed fee per referral regardless of whether the person takes them up on anything. They get slated a lot for ‘recommending’ complete cowboys / conmen, who are happy to pay the £25 referral fee for the chance to completely fleece a customer – bit like British Gas!Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
In my experience, and in the opinion of my local Trading Standards officer, these websites are basically cash generating scams for the operators. There is no vetting procedure other than forking over pound notes.
Most people I know choose tradesmen based on personal recommendations.Posted 4 years ago
It’s a shame really, as I’m sure lots of people (like my mum) use these websites because they genuinely believe that everyone on there can be trusted 100%. We used to print stationery for several…err…travelling types and they just stuck the Checkatrade logo on it to make them look legit.Posted 4 years agojim25Member
THere all a rip off. Im a Carpenter and have used various forms of the over the years. Tradesmen have to pay a membership fee and then also pay to be able to quote for jobs. £ tradesmen allowed to quote for each job. Obviously I’m paying out money to come around to your house to give you a free quote. So naturally I have to make that money back somewhere. But the customers will naturally want something for nothing! and want to start a bidding war it seems. Some jobs on ratedpeople.com can cost upwards of £50 to view…Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
When we need tradesmen I open one of these things:
Luckily we now know a decent plumber, builder, sparky etc. Reccommendations from friends etc means a hell of a lot more than anything off one of those sites where, like its been said, traders pay to be on them which somehow makes them ‘trusted’.
Aren’t all those sites owned by B&Q or something as well?Posted 4 years agodeadlydarcyMember
Just to add to the negativity, I know a few guys who get work from one or two of these sites. It’s because a decent wooden flooring shop/wholesaler wouldn’t pass any work their way. I’ve also seen the estimates on certain jobs and know I couldn’t do it for the prices – too much “pricing to win”.
However, they seem to manage fine doing it. Paying for a lead sticks in my throat a bit though – but if you’re desperate for work, it might be worth a punt to tide you over until things pick up.Posted 4 years agospchantlerMember
i used myhammer a few years back when work was tight, didn’t get a single job from it, it was like a reverse auction, people bidding lower and lower for jobs, stupid.Posted 4 years ago
as above, if you’re decent, polite and tidy up, you’ll get work, tell mates what you’re doing, socialise, network
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