Using apps to outsource your jobs (however big or small), seems like all the rage at the moment. With everyone leading such busy lives there is a big market for these platforms. With the touch of a button you can find someone to do anything from walk the dog, to roof maintenance jobs. It sounds simple enough – post an ad on the app and wait for the offers to come to you.
Yet, there are a few important things to remember when using an app to source a home handyman to clean your gutters and or roof.
Recruiting an ‘unknown’ person from the internet also means their experience level may not be proven. It goes without saying, but a ‘trial and error’ method is not something you want to mess around with on a potentially life-threatening roof workspace.
It may save a few dollars in the short term, but it could cost you thousands in the long run, especially if the person you employ is not covered by adequate insurance.
Insurance cover gives you peace of mind you need. The last thing you need to be worried about is someone who doesn’t do things by the book.
It is not all bad news however. There is a time and place for such apps, and used correctly you can tap into a reservoir of capable workers.
Here are a couple of things to check first:
Make sure to check out their profile and reviews first.
Look for someone who has professional credentials and proof of insurance ready to go.
They should be able to provide a thorough quote at the outset to avoid miscommunication debacles. If their quoted price looks too good to be true, it probably is!
They should have the ability to provide examples of their workmanship. A true professional will be more than happy to showcase their previous work if it is of high standard.
Although it may seem like a simple task to you, one little slip up can lead to a big, far-reaching problem. We have written a few blogs on the dangers of working on a roof without adequate training, which can be accessed here. The statistics on how many people fall from a roof and ladder each year are nothing short of alarming, and can be easily avoided. For more ladder safety information please watch this video.
If you hire someone to carry out roof maintenance, it is imperative they have good quality tools and thorough knowledge of their safety equipment. If someone is carrying out work on your roof they need to wear a harness, as well as have the proper training of how to use one correctly.
It can be difficult to check online without meeting them in person first, but clear, punctual communication instills confidence. Some leading apps will not allow you to post personal information such as your mobile phone number. Instead you may have to rely solely on messaging the contenders via the app. This can make it tricky to ascertain their communication skills and may make it harder to get your questions answered efficiently. Generally speaking, if they respond to messages and questions in a timely manner is a good sign.
If the tradesperson takes pride in their appearance, tools, and manner in which they communicate with you, they are more than likely to also take pride in their work.
Our team will give you honest, knowledgeable advice that is backed by years of experience. We have the right equipment, friendly attitude and know-how.
Our team carries comprehensive insurance and adheres to National and State safety requirements. It is safe to say we have all bases covered.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.