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?

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The Problem With Closing Air Vents During the Summer

Does closing air vents reduce energy consumption?

The summer season is upon Australia, and that means each and every air conditioning system in the country will be working full-time to keep Australians cool for the entire season. Operating air conditioners regularly also means huge energy consumption, which will certainly be reflected in the electricity bill at the end of each month.

As expected, people are trying to find ways to reduce energy costs while keeping cool temperatures inside their homes. One of the more common practices believed to help reduce energy costs is closing air vents.

On the surface, closing air vents during the summer is a sound idea, as it helps divert airflow from underused rooms of the house to key areas of the house, thereby maximising use of the conditioned air. In theory, this should help you reduce energy costs. But does it? Let’s hear from James, our resident air conditioning specialist.

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Google Adwords for Tradies – Does it Work?

Google Adwords for tradies – Should you try it?

Google AdWords, now called Google Ads, is the search engine giant’s cash cow. Without the popular advertising platform, Google would not be the corporate behemoth it is today.

Google Ads is obviously working in Google’s favour, but does  Google Adwords provide enough value for tradies to make it worth their while for drumming up new business? Read more

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How To Find a Dependable Plumber

Finding a dependable plumber is a must

Let’s face it: there are a lot of unscrupulous plumbers out there. These plumbers typically work for just a few minutes, then leave you with a gargantuan bill that will make you swear never to hire professional plumbers ever again.

However, to say that all plumbers are like that would be unfair. There are  many professional plumbers that have built reputable businesses and genuinely care about giving you the best experience with them.  We know so, has we meet and worked with  many in the Tradebusters network.

Finding a professional plumbers that ticks the box for skills, licensing, experience, reliability (and even like ability) is a must especially for those major plumbing emergencies you are bound to face in the future.

So what do you look for when it comes to selecting the right plumber for your home? Here are some of our tips for  helping you find a truly dependable “drain surgeon”.

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Building new home

5 Tips When Building A New House

Building The Home of Your Dreams!

Building a new house could be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. However, so long as you know the right steps then it can also be just as enjoying and fulfilling.

Here are five ideas and tips when planning on building a house.

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What To Ask A Tradie In Australia

Researching can save you time and money

Finding a good tradesman in Australia can take some time and work. Whether you’re having your entire house renovated or you just want to replace some of your pipes, you will need to make sure that the tradie you’ll be hiring is the right man—or woman—for the job.

Hiring tradies in Australia is very much like hiring any employee: you need to interview them before deciding to hire them or moving on to the next prospective tradie. As with any interview, you need to prepare a good set of questions that will clearly indicate that he or she is the one tradie you would want to be working on your home.

To assist you in finding a good tradie in your Australian state and being able to ask the right questions, here are suggestion from our team at Tradebusters with some of the common questions we ask tradies when interviewing them.

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Custom made kitchen

Why the Kitchen is the Most Important Part of the Home

Don’t take your kitchen for granted

Every room in a house serves a specific function, which means every single room in a home is important. Some rooms, however, are perceived to be more important than others. Many home owners say that of these rooms, the kitchen is the most important part of the home. Here are some of the reasons why.

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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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Turn Off Your Water Supply

Don’t Know Where to Turn Off Your Water Supply?

How to turn off water supply?

It is an unfortunate fact of human nature that many among us only do something about anything when it’s already too late. Let’s take the location of our water shut off valve (or water mains valve) at home for example. As a home owner, do you even know where it is?

Good for you if you do. If you don’t, then you’re one of the countless home owners all over the world who only find out the location of the water mains isolation valve when a plumbing emergency like a burst pipe takes place. It is likely that by the time you locate the water mains shut-off valve, your home will already have suffered a fair amount of water damage due to flooding.

Needless to say, it is extremely important for you to learn where turn off your home’s main water supply before anything like this ever happens. The water shut off valve is your only means of cutting off water supply to your house, especially in plumbing emergency cases. Here are some tips for finding your home’s water mains tap or shut-off valve.

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Painters Sydney Eastern Suburbs – They Do More than Paint!

The misconceptions about painters

They come to your door with paintbrush in one hand and a gallon of paint in another. Here’s what most people think painters in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs professionals do. They tape off the room, stand back and rub their belly, and shake their head, as if in a “this is going to cost you” type gesture. They slap the paint on, and with a handshake, take your money. In another scenario, they show up, paint an hour or so, then show up again a couple days later; repeating this routine until with a handshake, they take your money.

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