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Jack of All Trades

Master of none

We’ve noticed an increase in the number of do it all home improvements companies recently, advertising hard online and on social media. Should you use them?

We’ve all heard the saying ‘jack of all trades, master of none’, so why do so many companies offer an ‘all trades’ service? After all a window fitter isn’t going to be an expert plasterer. And you surely wouldn’t want your roofer doing your electrics.

Welcome to the wonderful world of subcontracting. In effect a lot of these businesses are simply sales outfits who hook you in by promising they can do almost anything you want. They make the sale, take your money and bring in a third party to actually do the work.

Subcontracting is nothing new, and is often used by huge construction firms to complete major projects. However if it’s a company you haven’t heard of before, and they say they can do everything from rendering to plumbing be careful. The danger is that if you’re not happy with the standard of the work, the chain of responsibility can be somewhat blurry.

If you make an enquiry by email to Company A and you get a response from Company B, the first company has sold you as a lead to Company B. Company A doesn’t actually do any work, all it really does is get paid for passing leads to other companies. So they advertise ten services and have deals with ten companies to buy their leads. Which means that the ad you liked and responded to actually had nothing to do with the company who are trying to convince you to buy from them.

If you like the smoke and mirrors approach by all means use this type of outfit. But don’t say you weren’t warned…

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