Tips For Engaging A Tradie

The key to a successful renovation project is to engage the right tradespeople or tradie for the job.

There are so many ways to find a Tradie these days:

  • Tips for Engaging a TradieGoogle
  • Directories: for example Ideal Home HQ.com
  • Tradie Apps
  • Newspaper
  • Local Building suppliers often have a list Carpet and Tile Suppliers often have a list of Tilers Mitre 10, Bunnings, Masters will often have Builders, carpenters, landscapers, tilers, plasters etc
  • Social Media (Check out www.facebook.com/IdealHomeHQ)

There are a few tips for finding the right one and for ensuring you work together effectively

1. Communication – be really clear about what you want
Have a wish list ready to discuss, make plenty of notes of all the things you would like (no matter how small)
Have a scrapbook of pictures with ideas you like. This is a great way of explaining to your Trades person the vision you have in your head (remember they are not mind readers)
If your professional understands what you are hoping to achieve they can give you suggestions for more cost effective options as well as other options you may not have considered which might end up better than you ever imagined.

2. References and Testimonials
Do your research, check with others who they have worked for.
Were they happy with the renovation?
Were they punctual and reliable?
Were they courteous to all members of the household? Keep in mind you might be living amongst the mess and chaos and have these people in your home for lengthy periods of time.
Was their estimate of costs spot on or were there lots of extras?

3. Always request an Estimate or Quote prior to commencing work
This way you are all aware of what has been included and excluded from your renovation project and you are aware of the proposed cost.
Keep in mind renovations can have unforeseen obstacles pop up it is the nature of the beast. It is a really good idea if possible to have extra funds available when planning your renovation – you might just need them.

4. Qualifications
Each state has different rulings however be aware there are different licencing and rulings regarding the type of work different trades can complete
For example a Carpenter in Queensland cannot engage other trades on your behalf
If your project involves many different trades and you don’t want to project manage you will need a builder.
A non licenced tradesman in Queensland can only perform work up a maximum value of $3300 inc GST
If you are unsure you can always check with your state authority for example QBCC in Queensland

5. Trust your Instincts
I am a huge believer in “trust your gut”
If they have answered all your questions, been helpful and forthright with suggestions then you can be quietly confident they will be the same throughout the renovation process.
If it all seems too hard or they are not really interested perhaps you have caught them on a bad day or this might be a reflection of their attitude during your project.

Out with the old – In with the New!

There might be plenty of dust and mess but the transformation is worth it

If you want to find the right Building and Design Professional to help you with your project check out www.idealhomehq.com

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