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Horror Builder Stories You Need To Know About

Looking for a builder? Read this first!

Are you planning on jumping into a relationship with a builder for your next home build or renovation?

Before you do that, have a read of these horror builder stories that we’ve come across that stress the importance of taking the time to find a good recommended builder.

The builder out to rob you

There’s nothing much worse than a builder out to rob you. As many victims will tell you, this type of builder is all about getting as much money from you upfront.

They will be super nice to you when you meet and will promise you “everything” you want – in fact it may look too good to be true and probably a lot cheaper than other quotes.

In an article from the Herald Sun, several people fell victim to a builder who aimed to get as much money from them upfront by rushing the job and doing poor quality work.

According to “Anthony” (one of the victims): “His business model is to do it fast and rough and get the progress payments for the first half of the job then to go very slow and never actually finish the job — and start another one.”

Watch out for this builder especially if he/she is asking for large upfront cash payments. You can end up with poor quality and/or unfinished work.

The builder that avoid contracts

In this article (Source: www.dreambuilder-nightmare.com), Dave shares his own horror story about coming across a builder who seems professional and principled upon first meet but turned out otherwise.

The concrete work done on his home was far from what the expert assessment suggested but the builder refuses to accept the assessment or that his work was not good.

According to Dave, it is best to: “Have everything, and I mean everything, spelled out in great detail in the contract. There are builders association and other websites that give suggestions for what to include in a contract.”

The builders that doesn’t pay his/her contractors

Many builders sub-contract parts of a renovation or building project to other trades like plumbers, tilers, landscapers etc. Bad builders may not pay their trades on time (or ever) which could result in these trades not returning to finish your job. Consequently, you, the home owner ends up suffering the consequences.

That’s why it’s important to work with a reputable builder that has been using the same team of trade subcontractors for years as it would highly likely indicate he/she is a great payer.

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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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Electrician Parramatta – Questions To Ask When Hiring One

A licensed electrician Parramatta is a must

Dealing with the electrical components of your home may look easy but it requires years of training and practice. You should only hire a licensed electrician Parramatta to ensure that you hiring a professional and not dodgy joe.
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Bondi Renovations and Tradies Guide

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Sydney Plumbers – 5 Vital Things to Check

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Home Builders Sydney – 5 Ways To Play It Safe

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The risks associated with building your own home can be life-changing, and not in a good way. Both homeowners and builders have responsibilities to ensure the process goes smoothly, but it’s important to know what these are before signing off on a building contract. Here are five ways to manage the risks and play it safe. Read more

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Bathroom Renovations Inner West Sydney. 3 Costly Mistakes

3 Costly mistakes Inner West Sydney bathroom renovations you do not want to make!

A successful Inner West Sydney bathroom renovation will require a solid plan, regardless of the size of the new bathroom, or how extensive the changes. Not having a plan can leave you open to needless expense.

Weeks of noise and dust and unreliable tradies can also leave you frustrated and out of pocket. So that none of the above happens to you, we are here to make you aware of three major mistakes commonly made by homeowners when they plan a bathroom upgrade.
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Beware the risks when renovating your Inner West Sydney home

Sydney’s inner west suburbs run the full gamut of lifestyle choices. Those who enjoy harbourside living, lovingly restored old-time pubs, picturesque streets, and the world’s best shopping will enjoy all that Balmain has to offer.

Those who like to be close to the hustle and bustle of city life but enjoy an easy escape then Annandale, at just 5 minutes from the CBD, is the perfect location. Leichardt is charming, and a favourite place for lovers of Italian food, excellent coffee, and wine and Newtown is well known for its nightlife, live music, comedy, and theatre. Read more

Is Your Sydney Builder Licensed?

Don’t risk working with an unlicensed Sydney builder

So you’ve finally decided that your home needs a renovation. What do you do now? Aside from making sure you know your renovation goals, the next step is hiring a builder who can help you execute your vision but also remain legally compliant with all council and building regulations.

This all comes down to hiring a fully licensed Sydney builder.

So how do you check if your Sydney home builder is licensed?

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How Much Does A Sydney Kitchen Renovation Cost?

What would it cost for a kitchen renovation in Sydney?

Enquire from a kitchen designer, and they possibly would reply, “How much are you willing to devote?” Though it would be more politely said, they’ll also provide you some possibilities. A better inquiry would be: “What is your budget range for a kitchen renovation?” With this, you can have a kitchen renovation that not only fits but also matches your finances, too.

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