With Tradies, You Get What You Pay For
Many homeowners commit the mistake of selecting the cheapest priced tradies for their home repairs or renovations, only to realize it usually ends up being the most expensive option financially- and not to mention, emotionally stressful!
Here are some of the common risks you take when you make a decision to use a tradesman based on price alone.
Poor Tradesmen Workmanship and Reduced Property Value
Based on the NSW Fair Trading’s 2014-2015 report, more than 65% of home building complaints were linked to poor workmanship. The top three effects that homeowners suffer from poor workmanship include: unsatisfactory finish, non-structural defect and external water penetration.
Other reported defects include faulty fixture or appliance installation, non-completion and defective moisture barrier causing water penetration.
The cheapest tradesman may not have the necessary skills, mandatory insurances or work ethic that you need. And instead of enhancing your property’s value and appeal, they could lower it.
Many workmanship quality issues can be prevented if you do the right upfront checks as part of your tradie selection process. If you are looking for a builder, electrician, plumber , carpenter or any other tradesman to work on your home, make sure you conduct a complete reference check including speaking to their previous clients.
Financial Budget Blowout
Initially, it may seem like you are saving money by hiring a cheap tradesman but in the long run, the repair work may cost more.
You could end up spending more on fixing poor quality work or having to redo it again in afew months or years.
Having any tradesperson in your home and personal space is daunting enough, but if the experience, service and quality of work is not there, you could find yourself in a stressful and uncomfortable situation.
Part of your tradesmen selection process should be assessing if you feel comfortable with the person in your space and understanding how they will deal with issues that may come up.
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If you are planning on any home repairs or renovations and value the peace of mind of using reputable tradies, our Tradebusters free tradesmen concierge service can help. All the businesses in our network are known to our team and have a great track record with other users of our service. You can tell us about your job here and a member of our team will contact you back shortly.