HELP CENTRE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

Do Contractors work for Fix Forward?

No they don’t. All our contractors are independent and run their own businesses. Fix Forward provides entrepreneur training and connects them to additional business to supplement their own client base.

How do we screen people?

We use a rigorous screening process to assess both the technical skills as well as the character and soft skills of each contractor, including thorough reference checks.

What cities does FixForward cover?

We currently operate in the greater Cape Town area as well as Gauteng, with plans to expand into other areas in the near future.

Hiring a contractor

Can I get an estimate over the phone?

Because each situation is unique and often difficult to describe accurately over the phone, our contractors will generally have to visit your premises before you receive a quote. If it’s a small electrical or plumbing job charged at an hourly rate, the contractor will be able to tell you their rate over the phone.

Do the contractors have their own transport?

Many contractors have their own vehicles. All of those who don’t do have access to transport and so you needn’t collect or drop off them or their team. It’s all part of making sure you get a hassle-free service.

Do the contractors have all the tools they need?

All our contractors own the basic tools of their trade. If any specialist tools are required which they do not own, they will be able to hire them.

Do I need to supervise the contractors?

No. All our contractors are not only skilled in their specific trade, but are able to manage projects themselves with confidence. They all have experience in supervising their own teams and so all you need to do is explain what should be done and let them get on with it.

Will the contractors always be on-site themselves?

Some of our contractors do run multiple contracts and therefore might not be on-site all of them time. We do expect them to be sufficiently on-site to make sure their team is working well and to answer any questions or concerns you have. We suggest that before the contract commences you check with your contractor when they will be on-site during the project.

Can the contractor also get materials for me or is it labour only?

Our contractors can arrange to purchase materials for you. There is a time and transport cost associated with this which would be built into their overall quotation.

If I want to use the same contractor again, can I contact them directly?

We recommend that even for subsequent jobs you hire your contractor through Fix Forward. This way you get the benefit of the accountability we provide, as well as support and advice if things do go wrong. There is no fee for requesting a contractor through Fix Forward.

Paying a contractor

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Contractors generally require a 50% deposit upfront. For larger contracts these terms are negotiable.

Do I pay a day rate?

Our contractors are not labourers and don’t work on day rates. They scope the work and you will receive a quote on the full contract.

How does pricing work?

Fix Forward is not involved in the quoting. The cost of hiring one of our contractors will generally be more than getting a labourer off the side of the road, but the value our contractors deliver in terms of a professional, hassle-free service is well worth the money.

If they finish ahead of schedule can I pay them less?

All quotes are for the job regardless of how long it takes to complete. The price agreed upon will always be the amount due.

What if we decide we want additional work done part way through the contract?

Quotes can be amended partway through a contract. We recommend you get additional items quoted on before proceeding with the new works.

Trust

Will Fix Forward assist if there are problems?

Yes, we will. If there are problems we will intervene to assist in getting the project done on time and in budget. Our contractors are however ultimately responsible to deliver on the project.

Can I trust the contractors in my home/office?

Absolutely. Many of our clients are single women and we never have any hesitation in recommending them to allow our contractors into their home. Not only have we put a great deal into finding trustworthy contractors but were things to go wrong on a Fix Forward contract the contractors would risk losing out on hundreds of thousands of Rands of future business. Our contractors therefore make sure they only work with people in their team whom they can fully trust.