From carpentry to carpet fitting and plumbing to painting, we all need to rely on the expertise of a tradesman at some point in our lives.
While some jobs can be completed with a little determination and a bit of elbow grease, other times, our best option is to fall back on the wealth of professionals available across trader sites. According to recent research, Brits spend a staggering £34 billion every year fixing their DIY bodge jobs, at an average cost of £650 per person. In fact, the average adult in the UK will mess up nine different DIY projects so much that they need to call in a professional to rectify their mistakes.
With larger, more complicated home improvement projects, even if it’s just putting flat-pack furniture together, it’s always a good idea to contact an expert. This could save precious time and money in the long run.
How to find local tradesmen with Hoppy
Finding a trustworthy tradesman is super simple with the help of the Hoppy. Instead of searching through mountains of tradesmen reviews or spending hours researching to check a tradesman’s qualifications, simply use Hoppy to find a tradesperson. Input your postcode and instantly find local tradesmen offering great deals.
In partnership with Plentific, we offer a wide range of services, from plumbing to electrical work, painting and carpentry to general handymen jobs. You can apply filters to instantly search for the right offers and see hourly rates upfront. For bigger home projects just post a job and receive custom quotes – it’s that easy!
The Hoppy service is also hassle-free, meaning that negotiating payment terms and endless phone calls are a thing of the past. We bring you competitive prices, and once you’ve found a deal that you love, just pay securely, arrange your date, and sit back and feel Hoppy.
The Plentific Guarantee
Your peace of mind is extremely important to us. That’s why we only advertise jobs from Verified Plentific Pros, who have undergone a rigorous screening process. All jobs are also fully protected by the Plentific Guarantee.
When booking tradesmen services, it’s important to know that everything will be finished to the highest possible standard. The Plentific Guarantee gives you a quality assurance that should anything go wrong, we’ll arrange another Verified Plentific Pro to fix it. On top of this, all payments are made via safe online transactions and are securely held until all the work is completed.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Hoppy digital logbook makes keeping on top of home management even easier. We’ll send you handy reminders when those important tasks are coming up, and you can store and organise important documents in one easy-to-access place.
So, save yourself time and money today with Hoppy. The right person for the job is just a click or two away.
- How does Hoppy find me a tradesperson?
Hoppy has teamed up with a company called Plentific, this gives you access to a wide range of home maintenance services, from fixing leaky gutters to full-scale loft conversions. You can get a quote, delivered by your local trade professional, or pay a fixed price for a job. It’s completely up to you.
- Who are Plentific?
Plentific is our trusted trades’ partner and Europe’s first fully-transactional home service marketplace. Hoppy chose them after a rigorous process. They have thousands of expert tradespeople ready and waiting to take on a range of new work. What’s more, they can support you at every stage of your home improvement journey. From finding help to paying for a job well done.
- What’s the Plentific Guarantee then?
The Plentific Guarantee protects Hoppy customers when they hire trade professionals through Hoppy. It’s unique to the home improvement industry and you won’t find this level of cover anywhere else. We at Hoppy want you to be able to trust the Pro who is going to come and help you.
When you book a Plentific Pro, the Guarantee will ensure that they complete all of the agreed work to a high standard. They will help to arrange for the Pro to return if the work is not up to par; if the Pro is unavailable, Plentific will even arrange for a replacement and cover up to £1,000 in additional work.
Each and every job booked through Plentific is covered by the Guarantee.
- Does the Plentific Guarantee cost extra?
No. It’s to give you the peace of mind that any job booked through Hoppy, means you are going to get the job done right.
- What’s a ‘Verified Pro’?
Verified Pros are trade professionals who’ve passed a rigorous screening test not just to show that they do top quality work but also that they have an excellent track record with customers.
Only Verified Pros can offer Plentific’s insurance-backed ‘Workmanship Cover’ policy, which can insure a completed job for up to £50,000 for two years.
- What happens after I post a job?
By posting a job, you can get quotes for the work before you commit. Once you’ve given the details, the request is sent out to the network of tradespeople in your area.
Anyone interested in the job can message your Plentific inbox and quote for the job. You can review the quotes and the trade pros’ profiles, and ask more questions before choosing the right one. Once you accept, the job can start.
- How do I accept a quote?
Simply log into Plentific, select ‘My projects’ and choose the project you’d like to accept a quote for.
On the next screen there’s a list of trade pros interested in your job. Click on your chosen pro and select ‘Accept quote’.
NOTE: to confirm your choice you’ll need to pay a deposit. For jobs under £250 it’s 50% of the job’s value. For those above £250 it’s 25%.
- How do I pay my trade pro?
Once the trade pro is ready to be paid they’ll send you an invoice via Plentific. If you’re happy, simply click ‘Pay balance’ to submit your payment. It’s that easy.
Your invoice will be itemised with descriptions, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Invoices for smaller amounts may just show one amount.
- When do I need to pay my trade pro?
The first payment you make with your trade pro will be the deposit. And you’ll need to pay this to accept their quote. For jobs under £250 you pay a 50% deposit. For any projects above £250 it’s 25%.
Once the work’s done, paying the balance depends on your arrangement with your trade pro. Usually, they invoice when the job’s been completed although for larger jobs they may want to set up a schedule of payments. This needs to be agreed before the job begins.
- Are my payments secure?
Yes. All payments sent via Plentific are 100% secure and confidential. So you can rest easy that any payments you make will reach your trade pro.
- What about cancellations or refunds?
If you want to cancel a job, the refund amount depends on what stage it’s at:
- If you’ve accepted a quote but haven’t paid your deposit, you can cancel anytime
- If you’ve paid your deposit, you can get a refund if you cancel within 14 days. Although your trade pro may charge admin fees
- If you’re within 14 days of the work starting on your project, you can get a deposit refund
- After 14 days, your deposit won’t be refunded
If your trade pro has already taken your deposit and it’s still within 14 days, they must pay back the amount through Plentific.
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