Get Yourself Clued Up on DIY Projects
A free weekend at the beginning of a new season can seem like the perfect time to begin a renovation project around the home.
DIY has become an increasingly popular option for homeowners, urged on by the plethora of renovation and reality TV Shows now on our screens. Master Builders figures show there were more than 57,000 renovations in Queensland in the last financial year – up by 5000 on the previous year – with costs averaging $33,000 each.
Master Builders executive director Grant Galvin said determining the value of the work was the first place to start when deciding whether to go DIY or to call an expert. “If the value of the work exceeds $3,300 then it must be done by a licensed contractor,” Mr. Galvin said. “This is why it is so important to follow the correct processes for approvals, inspections and general building requirements if you are completing the work yourself.”
“Even though DIY might save you money on the renovation, any bad workmanship could negative affect the resale price as savvy buyers will ask to see inspection records.” Once the legal side of all DIY work has been considered, it is time to address any potential safety risks involved.
As a rule, Master Builders advises homeowners to never do their own electrical or plumbing work as it is generally against the law to do so. The same advice applies to moving any asbestos materials. And while it can seem tempting to cut corners if renovating to a short deadline, this could present many additional problems in the future, costing more time and money than using a qualified tradesperson from the start.
Master Builders offers a free service to help consumers find a properly licensed builder or tradie and runs consumer workshops designed to arm renovators with the right information. It can also help with contracts and disputes during the building process. Building members have access to practical training, advice, and up- to- date information to raise professional standards.
Source – Paula Shearer, Journalist, Quest News