When hiring a tradesman to do work around your home, you want to make sure that you are hiring a responsible professional. Watch out for these suspect phrases, as a professional would never say them.

1: I don’t have my qualifications on hand

Any worthy tradesman will easily be able to produce evidence of their qualifications and certifications.

2: I don’t have insurance

All tradesmen should have their own public liability insurance that protects you if any injury or damage occurs on your property.

3: It’s the best price in town!

There is probably a reason the rate is so cheap. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is!

4: I don’t have contact details for my last client

If a tradesman can’t provide you with a client that can give them a good reference, then run very quickly in the opposite direction.

5: I ran out of letterhead

All quotes and invoices should be supplied on professional letterhead. Be cautious if they provide a handwritten scribble.

6: I don’t do contracts

If there isn’t a written agreement, then there isn’t an agreement at all!

7: I only accept cash in hand

All income must be declared and taxed accordingly. A tradesman who only does cash jobs could be dishonest in other areas too.