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BYO tradies: Home buyers told to find their own as builder BGC struggles to source brickies, roof tilers

Home buyers are being asked to source their own tradespeople, warned that’s the only way to speed up slow-moving projects and giving already frustrated customers a “second job”.

BGC has been telling clients it’s the only way to reduce delays on stalled builds, suggesting they pay bonuses above market rates to get results.

Thornlie Roof Tiling boss John Forester said he worked independently but had been swamped by requests to help with projects that had ground to a halt.

“I’ve had plenty of big builders ringing me offering bonuses … even homeowners are ringing me now, offering extra,” he said.

“There’s an abundance of work.

“I’d like to help but I’ve got my own things on. I’m not taking on anything else this year.”

Roof tiler Terry Chandler working on a home in Beeliar.
Camera IconRoof tiler Terry Chandler working on a home in Beeliar. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Graeme Maitland-Smith signed up with BGC to build his first home in Gingin just before the pandemic erupted and was initially told it would take 280 days from go to whoa.

But after the slab went down, he was told to look for his own bricklayer and it was nine months before the first brick was laid.

“I pretty much said to them ‘what’s the point of having you guys? If I’ve got to go and find this stuff, I may as well have done it myself.

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