Advice Centre

Get Inspired! Check the latest industry expertise and read insider tips from our vetted tradespeople.

Review a Trade

Have you completed a project recently? Let your tradesperson know how they did.

Search For A Trade

We interview and vet all our tradespeople to ensure they meet our high standards.

Trade Advice Centre

Grow your business! Check out top tips and expert advice for boosting your reputation online.

Join Checkatrade

Join us and benefit from the millions of potential customers who use Checkatrade to find reliable tradespeople.

Login to Your Account

Edit your profile, view callback requests and ask for feedback from customers.

Get your job done safely – a word from Checkatrade’s CEO Mike Fairman

After nearly two months at home, it’s no wonder so many of us are now looking to improve and maintain our homes – and our 39,000 recommended and vetted tradespeople are here to help.

Whether you’re ready to fix the cracks in your walls, get on top of your lawn care, or something bigger, we’ve compiled our top tips, alongside government advice, to help make sure your home improvements go without a hitch.

Before work begins

  • Keep in touch. Regular contact with your tradesperson in advance of any home visit is important – talk through details of the work being carried out and agree how risks can be reduced.
  • Go digital. We’ve introduced a video calling option on our website and we’re encouraging our trade members to accept video calls through WhatsApp in order to carry out quotes.
  • Follow medical advice from the government. You can view the full guidelines, and specific medical advice for if you have symptoms, here.

Take sensible precautions while work is carried out:

  • Clean surfaces around the working area and in ‘high traffic’ areas such as door handles with disinfectant before, during and after work is carried out.
  • Keep internal doors open and minimise touching of door handles.
  • If work is taking place in an area you use frequently, such as the stairs or kitchen, consider ways to avoid using that space when work takes place.
  • Ask your tradesperson to bring their own mug, kettle or food.
  • Try to avoid too much face-to-face contact with those working in your home – ideally less than 15 minutes.
  • Make sure any shared facilities, like toilets or kitchens, are thoroughly cleaned after each shift.
  • Tradespeople may opt to wear face coverings, in line with government advice.
  • Keep children or pets in other rooms while work is carried out, where possible.

We recommend that you keep in contact with suppliers for assurances that your deliveries will arrive as planned. As always, it’s sensible to wait for materials to arrive before commencing a project.

At Checkatrade, we are all incredibly proud to be part of an industry which has followed advice on social distancing so closely. Whether your plans and ideas are big or small, Checkatrade’s 39,000 recommended and vetted tradespeople are here to help. Get in touch with one of them today for advice and inspiration for your next project.

Best wishes,

Mike Fairman,
Checkatrade CEO

(Advice taken from Government documents published 11.05.20. Information may differ based on your region – you should follow local guidance if based in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.)