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…]
Watch out for low-quality painters
When you need to spruce up your home with a fresh coat of paint, or the interior is looking a little shabby and needs a touch-up, you are going to need a reliable painter who is known for their quality work.
Low-quality painters know how to make a job look good just long enough to cash your cheque, but once the paint dries and a couple of months have passed, the real quality of their work will become apparent. Bubbles may start to appear, and paint may begin to peel off – making your bright new living room or freshly painted exterior look worse than it did before.
Do this before you hire your next tradie?
If you live in NSW and need to hire a builder or other tradie, did you know that they are required to be licensed to do the work which they perform? A tradie working without the proper licensing in place is breaking the law and will be fined if caught.
It’s possible to check that any tradesperson you are thinking about hiring has the proper licensing in place which ensures that they are qualified to do the work.
It also pays to keep in mind that if you use a tradesperson who isn’t licensed, then you can be held liable for any of the work they carry out.
Don’t get caught out with a Sydney builder!
Picking the right Sydney builder for your home or renovation is perhaps one of the most important decisions you need to make.
Getting it wrong can be costly and extremely heart breaking.
One of the best ways to protect yourself with a builder is to ensure you have a solid contract in place.
Here’s what NSW Fair Trading has to say about builder contracts.
Look 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.
Don’t Risk Your Pipes!
Over the years, Aussie plumbers have earned a bad rap.
It’s a profession known for ripping off customers or simply doing shonky work.
At Tradebusters, we know there are many great plumbers out there and we believe these are the businesses we should all be supporting.
So, what are the signs of a dodgy plumber and how can you avoid them?
Here are some tips:
Tips to Finding the Right Painter!
It’s true. A professional painter will save you a lot of time and money because very simply the job is done right, first time around.
But with so many people calling themselves “professional painters”, how do you find the right one?
And how do you make sure you don’t get caught out by a dodgy painter?
Check out our latest tips.
It’s all about playing it safe!
Unfortunately, thousands of Aussies get ripped off by dodgy tradies annually. But the honest truth? It really does not need to happen.
Because if you do good upfront research, it really should not happen.
There is a great pool of excellent reputable tradies out there. I hope you agree with me when I say, these are the businesses we should all be supporting!
So how do you find them?
How to Avoid Personal Conflicts During Renovations
It happens! A home renovation project can be extremely stressful and take the toil on your relationship. It’s a period where your house gets pulled apart, you are forced out of routine, giving up comforts and personal space for months (potentially), and at the same time dealing with project issues and the financial strain of a renovation.
The last thing you want is a difference of opinion over the paint colour to have you walking out the door!
Here are ways to avoid personal conflict within the household when doing a home renovation and most importantly, making sure your relationship stays intact.
Planning on Building A New Home?
Finding a builder for a new home construction is very different from the type of builder you would need for a renovation or small home repair. By simply deciding to use anyone that calls themselves a “builder” you could be taking a huge risk.
Fortunately, we have come up with a list of top mistakes to avoid when looking for a builder for your new home build.