Hiring Builders: Are They Licensed? Are They Insured? What to Look For

When it comes to any sort of building process – be it a comprehensive home extension, a complete kitchen makeover, extensive bathroom renovations, or simply building a retaining wall – the importance of hiring a professional team of builders cannot be underestimated. However, while some builders may serve as a fully licensed, nationally accredited and insured operation, others – unfortunately – may not be. It goes without saying: be sure to only ever work with a QBCC licenced builders and tradespeople. Despite seeming painfully obvious, far too many individuals, couples, and families either unwittingly don’t ask or consciously choose to go with an unlicensed builder in an effort to save some money. Short term solutions never amount to much in the long run and the results of this can be – in short – disastrous.

A registered builder possessing the correct QBCC contractor’s licence serves to protect you: it’s the responsibility of a licenced builder in Brisbane to hold the necessary certifications in conjunction with carrying and providing the proper insurance – worker’s compensation insurance, for example – but an unlicensed and uninsured builder pushes the ill effects – any possible damages or injuries – of that responsibility over to the property owner.

Secondly, always ensure your builder is in good standing with the relevant building authorities in Brisbane. To pick the builder best suited to your project, you need the right information, and asking for the contact details of your builder’s previous clients as references is a terrific idea: the most reliable source of information regarding a builder’s reputation available to you are their past customers. Ideally, their renovation projects should be of similar size and scope to your own. Be sure to follow through and make the calls, discussing the working relationship, contractor communication, the quality of craftsmanship, and follow ups.

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