I am not knocking a person who is trying to help others. I am pointing out that what is on offer here, which has good meaning...... has its flaws.
Without proper vetting how on earth can anyone recommend others they don't know from Adam. I can recommend people but who am I to do so ? More to the point who is mayhew to recommend others he knows little about ?
What is to stop a dodgy builder, with good credentials, pulling the wool over mayhems eyes and then mayhem being told he is responsible for a p*ssed off client down €10,000......
As for the comment "Bravo mayhew, as per usual certain members on here shout about things they have not bothered to check plus making some not very nice comments and putting people down." WHAT exactly is there to check ?
All good intentions, especially in a country where crap builders, rip off merchants, and ex pat conmen hide around every corner....But how do you know that one of these people, who has the certification, is really a "good" builder and "not" a conman.
Would you take my word for it if I recommended you a good plasterer ?
There are tradesmen on MYBG and BIB that constantly get high recomendations, some from real clients, and others from obvious pseudonyms. There are some which get witch hunted and would end up in a ducking stool if they could find a good tradesman to build one.
If I need a good tradesman in BG I use the forums and look for multiple recommendations, preferably without the pseudonym responses. As mayhem said, I only pay at the end, which to me is the first sign of a fair builder. If anything is wrong he doesn't get paid, so his confidence is such it will be right. Taking money up front has always been the crib of people who have been ripped off, I have yet to see in 6 years, anyone complain after they have paid once the job was done.
Taking one persons word for it on a Faceboook page, IMO, does not constitute a reliable recommendation.