The Dodgy Tradie… Are You Keeping Him Alive?

Get rid of that dodgy tradie

Would I be wrong in saying that the tradie profession suffers from some bad publicity?  Has anyone else noticed how current affair programs just love their “dodgy” tradie stories and even create set-ups just to “catch them out”?   I have watched a few and find it interesting how they all have the same storyline – the homeowner admits the tradie offered them a price well below other comparable quotes, then AGREES to pay cash with no contract, and also AGREES to hand over a 50% upfront payment!

Now does that look and feel all above board to you? That conversation alone should have had the homeowner running for cover.

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Removing Load Bearing Walls for a Renovation Project

All about load bearing walls

One of the biggest concerns for home owners who decide to begin a renovation project is a load bearing wall. As the phrase itself suggests, a load bearing wall is a very important part of your home’s structure. One wrong move concerning a load bearing wall, and the entire structure would collapse. If your renovation project involves tearing down walls, you have to consult a professional about it first to make sure the structural integrity of your home is protected.

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What Insurance Cover Should My Builder Have?

Insurance is a must

Constructing a new house or making renovations on an existing one requires the services of a good builder. However, you can’t just pull the name of a builder out of a hat or just hire the first builder you meet on the street. When searching for a good builder, there are a lot of factors that you have to take into consideration. One of the most important factors that you have to be very clear about is whether or not the builder you’re thinking of hiring has the proper insurance cover.

For builders in Australia, there are certain types of insurance that they should have as mandated by law, while there are insurance types that are completely optional. So what insurance cover should your builder have?

builders in Australia

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Custom made kitchen

Ikea Kitchen or Custom Made Kitchen? Good question!

Which one is better?

It has been said time and again that the kitchen is one of the most, if not the most important part of the house. Over the years, the kitchen has become more than just a place where members of a household eat. It has increasingly become a kind of a refuge, where you can sit and relax while enjoying a good coffee with family and friends. Many home owners actually renovate their kitchen to make them even more spacious and accommodating.

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Kitchen Renovation

Top 5 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Transforming your kitchen successfully

The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of the house. Often, you will find people gathering in it engaging in lively talks as they cook and indulge in good food. As it one of the most hardworking spaces in your home, investing on a good kitchen is well worth it. If you are planning for a kitchen renovation, here is a quick guide on mistakes you should avoid.

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Bathroom renovations

Things to Consider When Renovating Your Bathroom

What you need to know about bathroom renovations

A bathroom renovation is perhaps one of the trickier renovation projects a home owner can undertake. It’s so complex that it requires the involvement of various skilled tradies to make sure everything is done properly and according to your specifications. Needless to say, there are a lot of things to consider when you’re renovating your bathroom. Here are some of those things to pay closer attention to.

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Home Renovation

Looking For Great Home Renovation Ideas?

Where to find great home renovation ideas

Are you looking for great home renovation ideas? Don’t fret anymore. We have compiled a list of ways how you can find ideas and get inspired.

If the answer is no, there’s no need to worry about it. While it would be great if you can come up with a wholly original home renovation idea of your own, it would still be a good idea to look around and find inspiration from a lot of different places. And yes, there are many sources from where you can draw great home renovation ideas. Here are some of them.

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Local & Trusted Electricians

Sydney Electricians | Don’t Hire Without Reading This

Are you looking for trusted Sydney electricians?

Finding an electrician is easy. Finding an electrician you can trust is a little more complicated, but if you know what to check and look for then you have better chance of finding someone that will truly solve your problems in a professional manner.

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Sydney renovations

10 Questions You Must Ask Your Builder

You know you’re in for a pretty exciting experience if and when you decide to make renovations to your home. After all, this is your chance to get creative and build the kitchen, bathroom or home that you have always wanted.

The thing with renovations, however, is that can also get very stressful on so many levels. Fortunately, you can lessen some of that stress by hiring the right  builder for your home build or renovation project. In fact, hiring the right builder for your project will not only help you achieve your dream results on time and within budget but more importantly help you create a positive, enjoyable and memorable renovation experience.

To help you do this Tradebusters offers you the following 10 questions to ask and assess if a builder is the “right” builder for you:

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Renovating… “Who Am I Appealing To, You Or Me?”

Renovating… “Who am I appealing to, you or me?”

Maggie, a Tradebusters service user had just purchased the new in-style, egg shaped bath tub for the bathroom which was about to be renovated by Dave (the bathroom business) in our trade network. She rang us up in a panic with this question –  “Have I made the right decision in buying it? I just love this egg, but my friends think I should go for the standard modern line shape. What do you think?”

Tradebusters responds “It depends!”

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