Checkatrade is a business built on word of mouth. The best person to give a recommendation
is the customer - so see for yourself what our members say about Checkatrade.
All of the comments below are unprompted and come to us in letters and emails from
our members. We link back to the company's details so you can check for yourself
that their comments are genuine.
"We started with Checkatrade nearly two years ago, we chose them as they were the original website for proving you're not a cowboy. In the first few months of gaining feedback it was exciting to see what your customer thought of our company and our standard of work. Now being a member for nearly two years its going from strength to strength as we are receiving lots of calls to quote for. We don't bother to advertise elsewhere as you get your own Checkatrade page which sells our service even before we meet the customers. Overall the best investment for my company."
"[Checkatrade] works great for me. I've been a member for just over a year and have had over sixty jobs out of it, some small some big but hey its all work and it pays to be in the directory as a load of elderly people are not online and the directory gives them peace of mind."
"I must say joining CAT was the best thing i have ever done. The calls/emails coming in daily just shows me how well the brand is known now by the public and I look forward to many more years of membership."
"We joined Checkatrade a few months ago and have received a constant trickle of leads as a result - not dozens but our sales conversion has been 90%!! Every lead generated from Checkatrade is worth 10 of the ones we buy from elsewhere, even the customers are nicer people. Isn't it great to find something that actually works well for everyone for a change."
"We have been with Checkatrade for over three years, it is the best. We do not advertise anywhere else, we do not have our own website and we have more than enough enquiries from here (and Which Local) that we stopped using Rated People 3 years ago and haven't looked back.
"I have been a Checkatrade member for two years and it ranks among my better business decisions. I am getting a steady flow of leads and I am pleased with how its working out. Some customers LOVE Checkatrade - I doubt that the same could be said about Rated People or Trustatrader.
"I started my company two years ago and joined Checkatrade in November 2012. Since joining Checkatrade I have gone from strength to strength. I had doubts before I joined but it really has been the best business move I have ever made! Being young I struggled to get potential costumers to trust in me and my workmanship, Checkatrade proves to people I have the skills and knowledge. I look forward to many years of partnership.
Big THANK YOU to all the staff at Checkatrade!"
"I would recommend that any tradesperson use Checkatrade. It is an excellent sales tool as customers can easily see your feedback and also generates a number of enquiries. Customer service is always excellent. Using a Checkatrade member... certainly helps the public to make a more informed decision.
"I completed a project last year in Chandlers Ford and this morning a neighbour contacted me to discuss their planned project. The strange thing was when I mentioned to her this morning that I am now a member of Checkatrade, she replied "I know, I 'Googled' your company name because I'd lost your number and Google took me through to Checkatrade.com."
What a great link."
"With the country in recession things were difficult for me last year but Checkatrade.com has turned things around completely. The extra business generated through its website is generating a healthy profit and my company is flourishing. Indeed, I am going to have to take on more staff to cope with the workload"
"Woodley Decor know that recommendations are very important to the continued success of our business and we are heartened to see additional business referred via our existing Checkatrade clientele."
"Since registering with Checkatrade.com we have had over 30 jobs come through, equating to thousands of pounds worth of extra business. We will retain our membership upon renewal."
"Checkatrade.com's team provide a faultless service and is highly responsive. One enquiry that came through resulted in a full domestic rewire, which was enough to cover the cost of a full year's membership and leave me in profit."
"Being a member of Checkatrade underpins our excellent reputation and instils trust among potential customers. Checkatrade verifies a large proportion of feedback reviews so people know we are genuine, reputable and reliable."
"Checkatrade is great for us; we get nearly all our work from Checkatrade and have made our £500 back ten-fold. Really happy with everything and we are flat out….even this time of year. We have even had to take on an extra pair of hands since joining."
"A great service. Always on the ball, really helpful and one step ahead."
"Since joining Checkatrade I have been absolutely inundated with work. Considering this is normally a quiet time of year for me I have been working a 6/7 day week for the past 2 months. Personally, it has been the best £700 I have ever spent. It has paid for itself several times over already and I come home every night to at least one but normally 2 or 3 further enquiries. I am getting excellent feedbacks so I think the Checkatrade website is working wonders. Please say a big thankyou to Lara who came out and explained everything so well. I was a bit sceptical at first dealing with a woman in a mainly male dominated environment but she was brilliant. Anyway, loads of praise to you all and a big thankyou for helping me out of the tough times I would have been facing had I not joined. I do recommend you to all my colleagues and hopefully they will benefit from you as much as I have."
"I feel that joining Checkatrade was a really good move for us and with the recent ads you have been running you have certainly made householders and businesses etc more aware of your presence which generates us more work. We are in difficult times but people are still willing to spend a little more and get a genuine tradesman than take the risk and get a cowboy. When quoting for work if we mention Checkatrade you can normally bet that we will win the contract. Checkatrade is a very powerful tool. It is disappointing to see others trying to get on the bandwagon but we get that in Pest Control and eventually they will disappear hopefully not to return. So thanks Checkatrade for all your professionalism and for a very well run business and means of advertising."
"Since advertising on Cowboy Builders we have noticed an increase in customers looking at our details on your website. We would like to thank you for your approach to promoting Checkatrade and its members.
Keep up the good work.
"Thanks to Checkatrade and going into the directory, work is piling up and I have had to buy a bigger van. I have gone from a little Renault Kangoo to a Vauxhall Vivara which I will be
collecting on Friday so I will need some new van stickers which I will order from my webpage. Again, many thanks to Checkatrade."
"50% of all my enquiries through Checkatrade are commercial and I have potentially just won a commercial contract for £28,000 thanks to Checkatrade. My enquiries have gone from 1 a month to 3 a week and I am very happy."
"I joined Checkatrade as a one man band in 2004 and now have 15 people working for him. Back in 2011 I had work booked until the begining of 2012 and am now fully booked until the end of 2012. Due to all my clients receiving feedback cards the company has gone from strength to strength."
"Checkatrade is fantastic, I am really happy and have work booked till early next year. I would say that 80% of my calls are from Checkatrade and the other 20% are recommendations from customers who used me originally via Checkatrade!! It really is the best thing that I have ever done."
"You have another happy customer and I will be renewing next year! Many thanks, keep up the good work."
"I joined Checkatrade in March 2012 and within two weeks had made my money back. It has completely turned my business around - and thats the truth!"
"...very happy with Checkatrade. We have more work than we have ever had and are booked out until October. It is our only form of advertising and the best thing we have ever done."
"I just want to say a big thank you to you guys, you have turned my business around. The customers are all quality and will keep trying to live up to your standards. "
"We have been members since 2008 and have found this to be a very successful source of reaching our customers.
However, you can’t sit back on your laurels and expect the leads to come flooding in – it’s a two way partnership. We encourage all our customers to send in their feedback cards and are scrupulous about sending them out after every job. We even send a covering letter with them explaining why we think its important they are returned. This letter also stresses that their details are not passed to a third party, as we found this to be the main reason many cards were not being returned. I must admit the first year was a bit slow but as the feedback started to grow, so did the leads and we now have a great presence on Checkatrade which in turn has worked wonders for our business. I thoroughly recommend Checkatrade to all conscientious companies. "
"I am really pleased with [Checkatrade]. I have plenty of work on because of you guys and more enquies coming in. Big thanks....
"All our Dream Door customers at Yarm, are encouraged to view this site to help them make a decision about choosing Dream Doors as their kitchen supplier. I believe check a trade help customers in these testing times when there are so many rogue builders and traders out there. Checkatrade instils public confidence and because the reviews are totally independent (Dream doors have no influence about what customers say) the reviews help customers to feel safe about choosing Dream Doors. A new kitchen or kitchen makeover is a big decision for customers and they need to know they have picked the right company to do this, that’s why Dream doors fully supports checkatrade.com "
"We have just renewed our membership for the second year. We have tried a few different companies, none of which have been as helpful and professional as the staff at Checkatrade. The website is a great help to our business and improvements are made continually"
"I joined Checkatrade to expand my business and am now training up an apprentice that I hope to have fully trained out on on the road on his own soon to keep up with the volume of work as a result of joing Checkatrade. I can't get over the number of people 'knocking on the door'. I'm working 7 days a week and have had to start hiding my phone to get 5 minutes to myself as I am getting on average 14 or more enquiries a week! I started taking bookings in February and within 3 weeks was booked up until August. Checkatrade has been excellent and I'm glad to be involved."
"Best money we have ever spent, our enquiries have tripled since joining Checkatrade. We are just really, really impressed and every time you call CAT they are always really helpful."
"When I first heard of Checkatrade I assumed it was designed for your typical man and a van service. After looking further I realised that the it was actually a lot more than that and could easily apply to our small to medium size company..... the service has been nothing but fantastic. What I really respect the most is how communicative they are, they always get back and every person we came into contact without out exception were of this high calibre.... their website is easy to use, uploading photos is a breeze (take note Google+) and support was there when ever I needed it. 6 months later the rewards are plain to see, our customers love it and we use it without fail to promote our services with everyone."
"Joing Checkatrade is the best move I have made. Phone rings constantly and I have plenty of work - 100% happy and thanks us for all your hard work. Checkatrade are fantastic!"
"As a company that thrives on feedback, I just thought I'd let you know that my phones are certainly ringing and the business is rolling in. I only advertise through yourselves so know that all business is generated through Checkatrade (unless it's repeat or word of mouth). I've certainly noticed an increase since the change in the search engine and look forward to many more calls when the advertising kicks in!
You'd certainly get a 10 all round on my feedback. Keep up the good work!"
"We joined Checkatrade in 2008 with just 4 Engineers on Hagley & Warman Electrical. We have since expanded to 20 Engineers with the help from Checkatrade. Our clients defiantly use Checkatrade and are always happy with the tradesmen that carry the work out. I always recommend Checkatrade to our clients as they can’t go wrong,"
"I joined Checkatrade.com and after passing through its rigorous vetting checks immediately began to receive enquiries. In just a few short months my company has grown by at least 20% and the firm’s TV advertising campaign on Tyne Tees Weather and Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders means there is no shortage of enquiries."
"With the country in recession things were difficult for me last year but Checkatrade.com has turned things around completely. The extra business generated through its website is generating a healthy profit and my company is flourishing. Indeed, I am going to have to take on more staff to cope with the workload."
"From the initial first point of contacting Checkatrade they were pleasant to deal with and more importantly not pushy! We mutually arranged a time and day for a representative to meet with myself and the other directors... [and] after an easy going, very informative, short and sweet meeting, myself and the other 2 directors decided we would go ahead. From there we have not looked back and it has been a brilliant source of work for domestic and trade and also helps get rid of the rogue trader
cowboys that are in every trade! I shall be renewing every year if this level of service continues.
Thank you for all your help past and present!"
"Since joining Checkatrade I am amazed at how quickly the phone started ringing. I have already completed 3 projects and have 2 more starting in the New Year. Clients love the reassurance & peace of mind that using someone registered with Checkatrade gives them. They know that they will be able to give feedback on all of my work. So, if you are as conscientious as I am, and want to gain more work I would strongly recommend joining Checkatrade. It’s worked for me."
"I'm not particularly good at self promotion which is why Checkatrade membership has been really good for me - it gives me a professional frontage. The member's area is user friendly, making it easy for me to upload photos and to make changes to my profile page. The TV adverts are also good - something I wouldn't be able to do by myself."
"We joined Checkatrade in August 2009. Our turnover went up by £150,000 in 2010 and this year we have already turned over in excess of £230,000 that can directly be attributed to Checkatrade.
I also refer other new customers to the Checkatrade website as it completely verifies me and my business with independent reviews. I would highly recommend other trades to join Checkatrade as an effective tool to expand their business."
"Just wanted to say thanks for adding the great feature of Facebook & Twitter sharing for published feedback. We’ll be making regular use of it!"
"The service and brand is fantastic and brings loads of business!!!"
"Whilst writing I would like to say that I have been with the FMB for a year and the efforts and professionalism shown by Checkatrade since we joined you guys is no comparison - you are a mile better in every way and we will leave the FMB and stay with you. Keep up the good work and well done."
"Checkatrade has been really good for me. I get 90% of my business inquiries from Checkatrade. It's good that my customers can view my workand it's good to see Checkatrade on TV."
"Checkatrade has been brilliant. It works so well that I have not renewed my Yellow Pages or Thompson Local adverts."
"I think the services you provide are excellent. We are a company registered with you and we have used the services of other trades that you list."
"Checkatrade has definitely worked for me and I have been inundated with work and am booked up until July."
"I am well impressed with Checkatrade and it is the best thing I have ever done! Anyone who says it doesn't work for them are not using the system correctly! I receive 65-70% of my work through Checkatrade and I am booked for the next 6-8 weeks in advance thanks to Checkatrade!"
"Whenever will feel it appropriate we enjoy letting other local tradespeople and businesses know just how brilliant Checkatrade is not just in terms of generating more work, but in enhancing one's business reputation. We look forward to renewing our membership with you this month and developing our business with your help."
"I am very happy with all the services you are offering. I've been a member now for almost a year and since I started getting more feedback and some images on my site I have been getting more calls. The source of my work has always been through recommendation and moving into a new age where more business is done online, now means I'm not being left behind. All my work is leaving customers feeling very happy and passing my number on to more people which in turn benefits you also, as a good tradesman gives a good light to the site that people also get my details from.
The reason I first joined was because I wanted more work in London as no one knew me there so a business colleague said about Checkatrade. That was a good move. "
"We monitor our marketing and advertising very carefully and to date Checkatrade has given us the most customers with the lowest acquisition costs, so much so that we have pulled out of some well known directories and invested more advertising with Checkatrade."
"I started my business in August 2010 and joined Checkatrade to advertise. I just want to express how happy I am with the service and with the amount of work that it has generated. 90% of my jobs have come from Checkatrade and the other 10% are referrals from original Checkatrade jobs. My business is now expanding, which I believe has been helped by advertising my work on Checkatrade. It really is an amazing way to show off my workmanship with photos and comments from all of my customers. Thank you very much!"
"Checkatrade is brilliant. I recently came out of Yellow Pages as I get 80% of my work through Checkatrade."
"We would like to say thank you for all the help Checkatrade has given us over the last year. We always get remarks from customers about how confident they feel when using a Checkatrade company!"
"I really am grateful to you guys, I am never quiet. Always booked up well in to the future. Long may it continue!"
"To all the staff at Checkatrade I would just like to say thankyou. Joining Checkatrade was the best business move I have ever made. If anybody out there has any doubts, don't! Remember you always have to speculate to accumulate and accumulate you do. My phone hasn't stopped ringing since joining. Of course you can't win them all but it's a great feeling to know you are too busy and point them back in the direction from whence they came! i.e. the Checkatrade web site."
"Checkatrade is without doubt the most valuable tool in our box and is our platform to stand above others – we value it and are very, very proud of it. We check our feedback and monitor our page as much if not more, than our bank account. Checkatrade stands alone in what it does and offers."
"A big thank you to everyone at Checkatrade for the fantastic service you have provided since I have joined. I couldn't fault it! Please pass my best wishes over to Kevin who is doing a fantastic job with Checkatrade. A service that truly delivers what's written on the box!"
"Checkatrade has been great for me; I regularly get 8 enquiries a week and recently have been getting up to 20 enquiries a week!
I’ve tried many forms of advertising/partnerships over the years, but this actually works."
"I've been with Checkatrade for almost a year and it's been a great way to advertise my business. When I joined at first, I didn’t believe it was going to work but my mate who’s on Checkatrade too convinced me to give it a go, and so I did. It’s been great; lots of calls and amazingly when I get to people’s houses to do a job they welcome me like they already know me - I guess it s all down to Checkatrade comments.
Thanks guys God bless you
"We use Checkatrade as a tool with existing and new leads to help secure the sale. Being able to read our profile and see previous customer comments on our work is invaluable. "
"As a company, Dream Doors has been a member of Checkatrade almost since inception, and it has been one of the leading players in making our company as successful as it is. With the partnership of Checkatrade and Dream Doors working together we have gone from strength to strength, and because of Checkatrade our customers have the reassurance that they are dealing with an honest, reliable and reputable company."
"[I would like] to express my thanks and support for the philosophy and standards behind the Checkatrade business. I joined Checkatrade over 2 years ago with the view to the brand helping me grow my business. Two years later I receive approximately 4-5 calls a week.... from someone with a dripping tap to a customer who had his & her bathrooms done, the cloakroom re-furbished and 19 new radiators fitted. The brand continues to grow and local advertising always produces more business. The website works really well as do the feedback cards, stickers on the van and logos on all letters and quotes. The return on investment is significant, and as a result I would have no hesitation in recommending your service to any business looking to grow. [Thank you] to the team at Head Office."
"Checkatrade is Brilliant. I will say that what you put in is what you will get out and now 70% of our work comes via Checkatrade. I'm so pleased and they also offer really good advice and support on how to do any changes to your Checkatrade web page."
"Glad I joined Checkatrade. Most of my new customers think it's great and so do I!"
"Since starting out as a sole trader at the turn of the year I was obviously keen to promote myself and increase business as quickly as possible. Checkatrade was highly recommended to me by a friend in the tiling trade. I understandably, and to be honest, hesitantly, parted with my money, which runs thin in the early stages of starting out. I have frankly never looked back. Whilst I have a number of other sources of work, in terms of volume, Checkatrade brings me the most. Touch wood, I have had nothing but good experiences with every job. The ability to see feedback works for the customer; to find a reputable, reliable, quality tradesperson and for the tradesperson; to advertise their abilities and quality. I would highly recommend any tradesperson starting out and looking to promote their business to consider Checkatrade. Likewise, I would strongly recommend anyone looking for a tradesperson, to use Checkatrade to find them and benefit from the vetting process conducted on all tradespersons advertising with them."
"Since joining Checkatrade the work has been non stop. Everybody uses Checkatrade now and it saved my business 4 years ago."
"Thanks a million Checkatrade for the free tickets to the Splash Fm Garden Party - we had a great night on Saturday night. Also my phone does not stopping ringing with enquiries from Checkatrade. "
"Really really happy since joining Checkatrade. Business has picked up tremendously since joining. I like using the feedback cards - it shows you care about your work and can use your profile and customers can even check you out before you get to the door. I like the fact also that Checkatrade ring from time to time to see how things are going."
"Checkatrade has been a lifeline for my work. As long as I have breath in my body I will be with Checkatrade!"
"Ever since joining Checkatrade work has been flooding in, I’ve even got bookings until next year!
I ummed and aahhed about joining Checkatrade and now wished I had joined sooner!
"The work I have had has been unbelievable. When I go out to the customer they know all about me due to checking me out on the website. As soon as I joined I had a job within the first week which paid for my membership. 85% of my work comes through CHeckatrade."
"We have found Checkatrade to be really helpful to our business, we are so happy we became members!!"
"80% of my work comes from Checkatrade."
"I am very busy at the moment - at least 50% of my work comes through Checkatrade"
"I've advertised in Yellow Pages and Thomson Local for years and quite frankly Checkatrade is the best advertising I have done so far, just because of the work it generates and because people can see me on line. I saw a customer who said its great. You can find something in your local area and you can see what people have written back about you."
"Since Joining Checkatrade my telephone has been red hot and I have not had a day off apart from the snow!!
"I am getting more calls from Checkatrade than I am getting from my over £7000 ad in Yellow Pages."
"On the whole Checkatrade is one of the best pound for pound investments I have made for the business and I really mean that."
"We have been pleased so far, received work through Checkatrade and feel that we are also helping the customer to find someone they can trust."
"Since I've had Checkatrade change my web categories Checkatrade is working very well for me. On average I am doing an estimate a day which is quite often turning into work. Fantastic!! The members area is brilliant!! Also the TV Advert is great."
"Pleased to say the phone did not stop ringing yesterday and they all said "I got your number from CAT" great stuff !"
"I am inundated with work and this year I have worked on 5 bathrooms, had 9 quotes and have won 60% of the work. Checkatrade is good when giving a quote because once the customer knows I am with Checkatrade, the sales pitch isn't needed!"
"I have only been with Checkatrade since January and I must say I am impressed. Business is slow in these difficult times but it has certainly improved since I have been a member. I know you will keep up the good work."
"I advertised in my local Tesco for 2 years - not one call and a total waste of money. Yellow pages, forget it. Might as well go on holiday whilst waiting for a call. Now!! Checkatrade unbelievable. So much work I could not believe it. It really works and it's paid for itself over and over again. Brilliant!!!!"
"Checkatrade is going really well for me. I love reading people's comments - it makes me feel very proud."
"Checkatrade is a fantastic search engine! You meet some fantastic, friendly people! I'm very glad to be part of Checkatrade."
"Hi to all at Checkatrade
Just like to offer you a big * THANK YOU * for all the work i have received since becoming a member of Checkatrade. I have to say it has been one of the best business moves I have ever made. My work has in increased by 99% and more. The more reviews I have the more work I seem to get ! I can only say you have to be in it to win it! Well done to you all for your continued hard work. It pays off. Well done."
"Great being with Checkatrade, knowing that there is so much support when you need it. I am proud of my work and happy for future customers to see my feedback. I get a fair amount of work from Checkatrade.
"The best thing I could have done for my business was to join Checkatrade. But it only works well when you give the cards out, even if the customer says they will give you feedback online, still give them a card."
"A big thanks to the Customer Services Team, particularly Sarah and Michelle, for supporting me when I had difficult customers this year. It was a worry when I first joined, but I feel confident now that Checkatrade are here to support me and provide help in these circumstances. Checkatrade were great in the way they dealt with the situation."
"Checkatrade is streets ahead of any other advertising we do. We are going to make Checkatrade our only form of advertising in the future. "
"If Checkatrade were to ask me to fill in a feedback form I would have to rate them 10 out of 10 for all aspects of the service and I would highly recommend them.
As for the feedback, joining was without doubt the best marketing decision I have made for my business. My customers will book me without question. Do not underestimate the power of the trust and confidence that customers have in Checkatrade members. Well done and thank you for helping me make my business a success."
"Many thanks Kevin to you and the Checkatrade team. Your professionalism benefits us all and we, as a company, strive to deliver the same standards.
From our point of view we have found that the more effort we put into our Checkatrade page the more benefit we get. I know that it can take a little time to take photos and upload them but it is certainly worth it. When potential clients look at our site they are interested in the comments left by previous customers but also get a real feel for the standard of our work from the photographs – as they say, a picture paints a thousand words !
"I wouldn’t be in business if it wasn’t for Checkatrade. I believe 70% of my work is from Checkatrade."
"In the year I have been with Checkatrade, I have gone from working on my own to employing 6 people!"