Many of us are tempted to embark on that long-overdue DIY project over the holidays.
But Master Builders has issued a timely warning to DIYers: recognise your limits, and acknowledge when you need the help of a professional.
Home renovation TV has triggered a surge in popularity for DIY projects and home renovations - with mixed results.
Master Builders says that if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 then it must be carried out by a licensed contractor - an important guideline when considering if you should build the new pergola yourself.
Master Builders CEO Grant Galvin said it's 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 negatively affect the resale price as savvy buyers will ask to see inspection records,” Galvin said.
There's not only the legal side of DIY work, but also safety risks to be considered, said Galvin.
One way to ensure contractors you consider using are properly licensed is to build with a Master Builder, who will be appropriately licensed and supported, who have been properly trained, and be in possession of the most up-to-date information.
The free 'Find a Master Builder search' can help you find properly licensed Master Builders for the job.
“Master Builders advises home owners to never do their own electrical or plumbing work. The same advice applies to any asbestos removal,” he said.
Sounds like excellent advice to me.
Visit www.mbqld.com.au for more information about the building process or to find someone to help you with your project.
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