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Don’t dig yourself a hole with a dodgy tradesperson

Building a new home is a memorable experience and you want it to be a positive one underscored by works completed to a high standard.

In the initial stages, you should always try to utilise a builder to complete as much of the work as possible, according to Hug Homes Director Kim Doak.

“If the homebuilder is willing to complete all the work the customer is seeking to have done, then there are several advantages,” he said.

“Firstly the work will be completed prior to the builder handing the home over to the customer, meaning there will be no inconvenience to the client in terms of mess or rubbish whilst they are living in the home or having to be home to open up the house for the trades.

“Secondly any works completed by the builder are covered by the builders insurance and warranties, which protect the homeowner in the event of any damage or injury while the work is being completed.

“Thirdly a good building company will correctly schedule the commencement and completion of the works at the most appropriate time during the homebuilding process to ensure maximum efficiency in terms of costs and time delay minimisation.”

With some building companies not delivering an end-to-end service encompassing all the works you wish to have completed, Mr Doak warned homebuilders on hiring a dodgy tradesperson for the job.

“A dodgy tradesperson is anyone who is unable or unwilling to deliver on their commitments to customers around price, timelines to complete work and quality of the finished work,” he said.

“They will normally have a trail of unhappy customers in their midst and past, and will not take any responsibility for their work or any rectifications that may be required.

“There are also definitely those types of people looking to cash in on the current building boom by promoting themselves as being able to provide trade skills that are currently in short supply for a premium fee.

“A good building company should have suitably experienced and qualified building supervisors controlling their building sites to ensure any con or dodgy trades are not being taken on by them.

“Supervisors should be checking previous work for any new tradespeople they take on to ensure the work is of the required quality, as well as regularly checking their current jobsites to make sure the work is being completed to the required standard and timeline so their customers are not being negatively impacted in any way.”

With quality always taking precedence over price, Mr Doak recommended people do their research if they elected to hire a service from outside the building company.

“If the homeowner is going to choose a trade directly, they should look to secure several quotes from different tradespeople to ensure the pricing and availability of each trade is what they are after,” he said.

“Seek past client references or personally inspect recent work to satisfy that the trade is backing up what they say they can do. Checks on social media and the internet can also be insightful.

“Lastly check accreditations and insurance covers for any trades you intend to use.

“Plumbers, electricians and painters are all licensed trades and the homeowner should not be using anyone who is not licensed or fully insured to work on their home.”

CONTACT Hug Homes, 6400 5350, www.hughomes.com.au

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