01/08/2017 | Debra Akins So good to share...Pinterest0Facebook0Google+0TwitterLinkedinJust until recently, the best option when looking for reliable professionals to sort out various problems, such as heating, furniture removals or overgrown trees, was to look through Yellow Pages and hopefully be able to get a reliable tradie by pure luck. Now, with the internet, people are already able to check the reputation of a service provider online, and with some tasking websites, the tradies can do the contacting even. How it works The Choice looked into some sites, such as hipages, ServiceSeeking, Oneflare and Airtasker. They are all slightly distinct, but the premise is basically similar. A task is posted in the site. Quotes are received from workers who will do the job. Profiles can be checked, review from customers can be read, and questions can be asked when necessary. A worker is then chosen for the job. How much it costs It does not cost anything when posting a task, and there is no obligation required to hire someone. Instead, the business or tradie pays a minimal fee every time they make bids for jobs, or they pay the membership fee. The reason to use it Whether a tradie is found through a phone book, an ad in a phone pole or through the internet, the risk of their work not reaching to specific standards is always there. However, the benefit of tasking sites is reviews from customers can be read, which saves time calling around for some quotes. Tips for hiring tradies from tasking sites The Choice also listed tips offered by Consumer Affairs Victoria: To know what is needed exactly and to describe it through details, with photos if needed. To check registration or license of a tradesperson. To ask for certificates of currency. To get all things in writing. To get three quotes and to pick depending on what is offered, not only due to price. To get receipts for all the work, especially when paying cash. Conclusion Whether one is looking for services from removalists in Sydney or tree experts in Victoria, this is now made possible quickly and easily since these professionals have visibility online, with their marketing strategies taking them there.