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Brits are working longer and longer hours than ever before, with an average 42 hour working week making us the busiest nation in Europe. When we get home, it should then be a time to sit back, relax and put our feet up. Sadly though, this isn’t always the case. A recent survey by cleaning brand Vileda found that more than half of Brits find the cleanliness of their home to be a stress, with one in four worrying that the presentation of their house will lead to judgement by their loved ones.

Thankfully, there is a whole range of different trade services available which are focused on making our lives at home easier to manage.

Which trades service is right for you?

House cleaning is one of the most popular household services, with demand for regular home cleaning increasing by more than 25% in the last five years. However, there are also plenty of other chores around the house that may require or benefit from regular professional attention. These include a helpful green fingered hand when it comes to garden maintenance.

British gardeners on average spent a whopping 5,675 hours tending to their outdoor spaces over a 50-year period. Many people simply don’t have the time, despite wanting to be able to reap the benefits of a beautiful garden. Tradesperson services can assist with everything from rubbish removal of rubble and waste plant products after a big renovation to regular grass cutting to ensure that you can enjoy your home both inside and out.

Other services may be more essential to the smooth running of a home. An annual boiler service is required, for example, to ensure that a heating system is operating correctly and to avoid it breaking down from heavy use in the colder months. Additionally, you may need to rely on certain knowledgeable experts to rectify serious issues that can cause stress, discomfort and potential hygiene issues. These include the likes of pest control and drainage companies, who may be required to tend to blocked drains and toilets.

Considerations when hiring a tradesperson

Before you hire a tradesman, it is important to ask certain questions and carry out certain checks. Of course, this will vary depending on the type of service, but whether you are hiring a roofer or simply someone to rake up leaves, it’s always recommended that you ask to see their previous work. Request to see pictures of projects they have already completed and ask to be put in touch with their previous clients. By doing this, you can gain a reliable insight into everything from the tradesperson’s professional manner to the speed of their work from the people who know them best: their customers.

For more regular services, such as gardening and house cleaning, it’s worth having a discussion with your tradesperson regarding which tasks are a priority. It may be easier and more time and cost-effective for you to complete certain chores yourself, such as washing dishes and trimming back leaves, allowing them to focus on the larger jobs. Having these responsibilities clearly set out and understood from the start will manage your expectations and maintain a healthy relationship between you and your tradesperson.

Certain jobs will require your tradesperson to hold specific qualifications. If you are booking a boiler service or any maintenance work to your home’s heating, then the tradesperson will legally have to be Gas Safe registered. This is true of any professional who is required to work with gas appliances.

Other qualifications can give you a good indication of their competence. For example, a draining professional may have completed a City & Guilds Drainage Engineer Course, hold a Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations or be a member of a voluntary trade body, such as the National Association of Drainage Contractors. Be sure to ask about these memberships and accolades for peace of mind before you agree to hire a professional.

How Hoppy can help

If you’re wondering how to find a tradesman you can trust around your home, then you’ve come to the right place. At Hoppy, we work in partnership with Rated People to help you find the right people for the job. 

  1. Select your wanted service from the list of trades and tell Hoppy all about your job by completing a short form. 

  1. Then post your job - you'll get a confirmation email from Hoppy and our partner Rated People that your job has been posted, with a link to where you can manage it. 

  1. Now sit back and wait to hear from up to 3 trusted tradespeople about your job - be sure to check out their profiles, where you’ll find examples of previous work and genuine reviews. 

  1. Then simply choose the right person for your job! 

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