YOU’RE TRYING TO:
Find a builder to spruce up a property before showing it.
YOU NEED IT BECAUSE:
Unless you’re angling for buyers with a love of DIY, peeling paint and broken roof tiles rarely help to move a property. Before a house goes on the market, a quick nip-and-tuck is often a good way to spruce up a tired home. To find a reliable contractor to do the job on time, first time and for a reasonable price, say hello to RedFish.
THE NITTY GRITTY:
“The site is all about connecting property owners and tradesmen,” explains cofounder Theunis Hanekom. “Redfish saves you time and spares you the worry of not knowing the background of the contractor you’re allowing onto your property.” Clients post details of the work they need done, from painting and building to plumbing, intercoms or other services. Documents and photographs can also be attached to the post. Tradesmen signed up to RedFish then submit their quotes and the client selects the best contractor for the job.
More than 1,500 contractors have signed up nationwide, including many carpenters, builders and related service providers. Importantly, clients pay no fees for using the service. Instead, contractors pay a membership fee, or a commission, to Redfish. A rating system allows clients to see a contractor’s track record of past work and read comments from former customers. Companies vetted by RedFish receive a bronze rating to start with. Five client references will bump them up to silver status. Three scores of more than 8 (out of 10) give the contractor a top-ranked gold rating.
Words: Richard Holmes