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    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 12th Sep 17, 11:05 AM
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    Tradesperson Recommendations
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    • 12th Sep 17, 11:05 AM
    Tradesperson Recommendations 12th Sep 17 at 11:05 AM
    Hi All,

    Would it be worthwhile having a "Pinned Topic" thread advising of reputable tradespeople in NI?
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    • Mrs Mac 1
    • By Mrs Mac 1 12th Sep 17, 3:50 PM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 3:50 PM
    brilliant idea!
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 13th Sep 17, 11:13 AM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 11:13 AM
    Maybe we could get this going and get some names on the thread?
    • mezza101
    • By mezza101 13th Sep 17, 3:26 PM
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    Maybe better using organisations like TrustMark, https://www.trustmark.org.uk/ or other trade associations like Federation of Master Builders, Painting & Decorating Association etc. Also the the gas installers list on NIHE website, although not an approved list but can be fairly sure they are ok tradesmen.
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 14th Sep 17, 9:25 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 9:25 AM
    Maybe better using organisations like TrustMark, https://www.trustmark.org.uk/ or other trade associations like Federation of Master Builders, Painting & Decorating Association etc. Also the the gas installers list on NIHE website, although not an approved list but can be fairly sure they are ok tradesmen.
    Originally posted by mezza101


    Is that a reputable site? Happy to use such but sometimes these sites don't offer a selection from Northern Ireland, I also thought on here would have been good as it's nice to hear personal recommendations.
    • Honkycat
    • By Honkycat 14th Sep 17, 9:30 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 9:30 AM
    Also, I've always found that "federations" are more interested in the interests of their paying members than the customers.
    • rolo1
    • By rolo1 14th Sep 17, 9:36 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 9:36 AM
    Any recommendations Cotta?
    • guiriman
    • By guiriman 14th Sep 17, 9:39 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 9:39 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 9:39 AM
    Is that a reputable site? Happy to use such but sometimes these sites don't offer a selection from Northern Ireland, I also thought on here would have been good as it's nice to hear personal recommendations.
    Originally posted by Cotta
    All online recommendation sites carry their risks (fake reviews, etc), you run the same risk here for a pinned post. Would rather get recommendations when I need something from people on here that I have seen posting for a long time to be sure it's not someone who's just joined to promote themselves.
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 14th Sep 17, 10:46 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 10:46 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 10:46 AM
    All online recommendation sites carry their risks (fake reviews, etc), you run the same risk here for a pinned post. Would rather get recommendations when I need something from people on here that I have seen posting for a long time to be sure it's not someone who's just joined to promote themselves.
    Originally posted by guiriman
    Yes that's true and verified members should be the only ones able to add to the pinned list. However I have seen quite a few posts on here for people looking recommendations that have went unanswered.
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 14th Sep 17, 10:47 AM
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    Any recommendations Cotta?
    Originally posted by rolo1
    None to make but would be interested in finding a few such tradespeople.
    • guiriman
    • By guiriman 14th Sep 17, 10:57 AM
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    None to make but would be interested in finding a few such tradespeople.
    Originally posted by Cotta
    I've a guy downstairs painting the living room right now so should know soon whether to recommend him or not....
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 14th Sep 17, 11:09 AM
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    I've a guy downstairs painting the living room right now so should know soon whether to recommend him or not....
    Originally posted by guiriman
    Good painters are definitely a rarity so his details would be good to know.
    • leskerr
    • By leskerr 14th Sep 17, 9:40 PM
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    I would recommend....using https://www.ratedpeople.com/
    Used several times for various jobs and no disappointments so far.
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 15th Sep 17, 9:31 AM
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    I would recommend....using https://www.ratedpeople.com/
    Used several times for various jobs and no disappointments so far.
    Originally posted by leskerr
    I just did a few dummy runs and it said for basic things such as "Handyman" and "Joiner" that they do not exist.
    • Zola.
    • By Zola. 15th Sep 17, 10:26 AM
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    I used rated people for a tiler and he was great, and not hard to pay!
    • Old Git
    • By Old Git 16th Sep 17, 12:32 PM
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    I have used rated people I also use facebook .
    "Do not regret growing older, it's a privilege denied to many"
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 16th Sep 17, 1:35 PM
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    I have recommended an electrician friend on here some time ago.

    He ended up being messed around and not paid for his work by a chancer

    Never again

    Count me OUT!


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    Last edited by ballyblack; 16-09-2017 at 2:14 PM.
    • saverbuyer
    • By saverbuyer 16th Sep 17, 3:17 PM
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    I have recommended an electrician friend on here some time ago.

    He ended up being messed around and not paid for his work by a chancer

    Never again

    Count me OUT!


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    Originally posted by ballyblack
    Other side of this. I was recommended a joiner on the site. Came in to the house, quoted a ridiculous price and then proceeded to harass me for three week. I didn't have a clue how realistic the price was, the guy said all the right things but something didn't sit right.

    Eventually got another recommendation from a friend. Worked out about 80% cheaper. The recommendation just wanted to rip me off . This wasn't about a competitive quote, the guy thought he had an easy mark.
    • Old Git
    • By Old Git 17th Sep 17, 2:26 PM
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    I advertised a job I was looking done on facebook .Needed a local handyman .Three people went to view the job ,two gave me a price .One was £75 the other was £250.For the job £75 is more like it .I get people from facebook ,they Know you can post bad stuff about themso less chance being mucked about.
    "Do not regret growing older, it's a privilege denied to many"
    • Cotta
    • By Cotta 18th Sep 17, 10:11 AM
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    I think a source perhaps for people to drop into would be better. I have struggled to get decent tradespeople in the past and there is bound to be somewhere we can go that is more than pot luck?
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