Electricians are the friendliest tradespeople in the UK, as voted for by 75% of respondents in a new survey.
Tradespeople can play a significant role in a self build or renovation, but taking on a tradesperson for the first time can always be a gamble, at least in terms of how friendly they are.
My Job Quote surveyed 1,482 Brits to determine who they believed to be the friendliest tradespeople and which attributes they appreciated in the people they hired.
Electricians were reported to be the friendliest, gaining three-quarters of the vote, while gardeners/garden designers were voted as being friendly by 71% of respondents. Plumbers also emerged positively having been described as friendly by 68%.
It’s not good news for tilers though. Only 23% of respondents categorised tilers as friendly, while only 29% considered kitchen specialists received the ‘friendly’ vote.
The Importance of Trust
Manners and behaviour can often leave a lasting impression, and the efforts of tradespeople to be courteous and conscientious were reflected in these results.
A sizeable 79% said they valued tradespeople who provided them with a valid reason and apology for not turning up having arranged a time.
Additionally, 84% said they appreciated tradespeople who did not get annoyed when they asked for an update on how the project was going.
Self build and renovation can be a messy job, and 72% reported valuing tradespeople who took the time and initiative to clean up any mess they had created upon completion.
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Carl Meredith, managing director of My Job Quote, said: “When hiring a tradesperson, Brits want to feel reassured that they are trusting someone who gets the job done properly and efficiently. A crucial part of the service that really matters to Brits is the level of care and attention that a tradesperson will provide them.
“Brits want to deal with someone they can easily communicate and work with – friendliness is a vital characteristic when assessing and hiring a tradesperson.”