TradesAdvisor appears in AGCC release!
Until now, we have tended to turn to family, friends and colleagues for help and advice in finding local reputable and dependable tradesmen. But now a local trade-specialist website aimed at being the best friend of, and those looking for, tradesmen and suppliers, has just gone online in Aberdeen.
TradesAdvisor (www.tradesadvisor.com) has been launched by Aberdeen-based Konetik Limited. The concept was born after quantity surveyor Gavin Esslemont was struggled to find reputable tradespeople to undertake a project on his home. “There are many excellent trades people around but I found I was relying more and more on recommendations from friends and colleagues.
“So transferring these word-of-mouth recommendations into a local trade-specialist website database appeared to be the next logical step,” he said.
TradesAdvisor offers and maintains an interactive system populated by trades people and consumers and it gives the trades people the opportunity to receive automated referrals and an instant online web presence, whilst providing consumers the opportunity to post their trade requirements and leave feedback on tradesmen, which benefits other users of the site.
“The fact that companies are continually monitored by their customers gives users peace of mind that they are dealing with trades people who value their reputation and are at the top of their game,” Gavin said.
“TradesAdvisor is growing to be a valuable tool for local tradesmen that are new to the market and others that are looking to expand their businesses. The automated referral system provides the connection between a consumer looking for a tradesman and a tradesman looking for new business. It is already saving people lots of time calling around for quotes. It also provides an effective platform for local suppliers to promote their trade-related products and special offers that they are currently carrying.“
Gavin, who has a degree in quantity surveying and years of experience in construction and procurement in the oil and gas industry, sees TradesAdvisor as a win:win for everybody.
Co-founder Darren Ross added, “We have developed the site based on customer feedback and incorporated a fair bit of community information, such as local scams, DIY advice from our members, and promoting businesses that are receiving good feedback. We’ve even got a social networking part of the site where businesses can interact with each other and partner up to undertake larger projects. It’s important for us to maintain TradesAdvisor with a local focus and develop an online community that assists in the often-fraught search for dependable tradesmen.”
Aberdeenshire resident Elizabeth Woodhouse commented, “I am undertaking a fairly sizable project and to have the resource of TradesAdvisor available to me is invaluable. I posted three projects and within a day I had received eight calls - a fantastic response! I will be securing the services of a builder, joiner, plumber and electrician all through TradesAdvisor and having recommended tradesmen working on my project gives me total peace of mind.”
Projects recently posted or awarded at TradesAdvisor include house renovations, internal decoration, garden lighting projects and roofing repairs.