Qualifications and Accreditation’s

Gas Installers – By law, all tradesmen and gas practitioners working within the following gas industries:

  • Natural Gas
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Gas
  • Compressed Industrial and Medical Gases

Must be an accredited member of one of the following associations:

* LPGASASA – Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa
* SACGA – Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association
* SARACCA – South African Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association
* SAGA – Southern African Gas Association

tick Electrical Contractors – Tradesmen who perform electrical work in your property need to provide proof of their electrical contractors registration to avoid having work done on your property being deemed unlawful. Have a look at the Department of Labour web site for further requirements.

What is their Reputation

tick Ratings – Check the tradesman’s ratings on HonestAbe to find out what experiences other homeowners have had; these are the tradesman’s online word of mouth recommendations. Tradesmen are rated on quality, reliability and value, meaning you can make a more informed decision on who to hire.
tick Previous work – Depending on the size of the job, ask to view the tradesman’s portfolio, speak to previous customers and if possible, visit previous jobs.

Get everything on Paper

tick The quote – Ask for a quotation for the work described, this differs from an estimate, which is a rough price and not binding. The quote should include a detailed job specification, price, conditions and a payment schedule.
tick VAT – It is a good idea to clarify up front whether the tradesman is VAT registered and whether you will be charged any VAT.
tick Deposit – A deposit should always be documented with a detailed invoice. The deposit should not be more than 20% of the overall job price, but should cover the tradesman’s tools, materials and travel.
tick Payment schedule – A quote should outline the payment schedule the tradesman expects, to avoid any misunderstanding later on. Each stage of the payment schedule should be documented with an invoice, and should only cover work that has clearly been completed.
tick Subcontractors – Not all tradesmen who do the quote carry out the work themselves. They may work alongside other subcontractors, or hire subcontractors to complete the entire job. While this is perfectly normal it is good to clarify this up front.
tick Guarantees – A tradesman will guarantee their workmanship for a period of time. Make sure you have clarified what this period is and that you have the relevant paperwork if you need to make a claim at a later stage.