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October 21, 2016

Reno risks: Too many don’t insure their renovation

People renovating their properties are taking big financial risks by not putting a contract in place according to new research from ServiceSeeking.com.au.

Of those who have renovated in the past, 45 per cent failed to sign a contract with their builder.

A further 72 per cent didn’t bother to arrange insurance to cover the upgrade of their valuable possessions.

More than one in five (22 per cent) failed to check the qualifications or licences of the builders they hired to redesign their homes.

“It’s alarming that so many renovators take such big risks,” ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO Jeremy Levitt says, “especially considering the often big financial investment a renovation incurs.

“Checking licences doesn’t cost a cent, so we highly recommend doing so before hiring any tradespeople.”

With a quarter of homeowners planning to renovate in the coming year, Levitt says it’s a good reminder to put protections in place.

“A contract will protect you against a host of errors and unforeseeable problems, so it really is worth doing your due diligence to ensure these things are in place.”

This, coupled with the fact that 78 per cent* of businesses think there are still unscrupulous and unlicensed people trying to win work, means there’s always a fear of hiring the wrong person.

Levitt says everyone has heard the horror stories of the few dodgy tradies painting the industry in a bad light. There are always a few bad eggs in any industry, he points out, and that’s why validation checks and customer testimonials are important.

 

*Business statistic from a survey of 1000 registereed ServiceSeeking.com.au businesses.

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