Hiring a tradie during COVID-19

Seniors are told to self-isolate but what if a pipe breaks, the power goes kaput or the roof leaks. Who do you call?

There are no restrictions to you hiring tradies to do work in your home. But there are some things to keep in mind regarding social distancing. Here are some tips:

Quote remote

Tradies can still give on-site quotes but it is surprising how many can estimate costs just from a photo or video of the problem. Or if you’re up to it hook up through Zoom or Skype. Also, do the usual research via websites and where possible talk on the phone with the tradie’s referees, and get multiple quotes.

Stay remote

Tradies are being told to abide by the four square metre distancing rule, and so should you. When a tradie is in your house no handshakes or cups of tea and coffee. Let them do their job and minimise the time you both share together. You should leave the room and resist the urge to inspect what they’re doing. You can test the result when the job’s completed.

Retreat to another room and if you need to talk do so by phone.


Try to avoid passing over cash. Pay online through direct deposit or by credit card. If it is by cash then try to have the exact amount ready to pay.

Tradies play safe

Companies have set rules for their employees out on the job to ensure safe service. Here’s what the online tradie broker Hipages says: …avoiding handshakes; wearing gloves on the job and washing hands regularly; accepting payment via credit card, direct debit or the hipages app to avoid handling cash; ensuring tools were kept clean by wiping them down regularly with a disinfectant cloth; and staying home if feeling unwell.

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