Who’s there? Don’t take another knock after the storms

4 November 2020

Home owners have been urged to only use appropriately licensed tradespeople to repair any damage done by the recent storms that have struck Queensland.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has warned about the potential presence of ‘natural disaster chasers’ following damaging weather events, and advised home and property owners to use caution if they needed building work done.

QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, said owners risked sustaining more damage by using random people who showed up at their door offering to quote for, or perform building work.

“If you have insurance, check with your insurer first about how your repairs will be dealt with,” Mr Bassett said.

“They normally have a set procedure with pre-approved, licensed tradespeople to undertake work. You need to liaise with your insurer, even if you want the damage fixed urgently.

“Anyone else needing a tradesperson should always use the free licence check on the QBCC website to confirm if a person is appropriately licensed.

“Unscrupulous or unqualified individuals will not work to the same standard of a QBCC licensee, and the work won’t be protected by the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme.”

Home owners should ensure the work is accompanied by a written contract, not be pressured into signing anything without fully understanding it, and to understand who they are contracting with.

The QBCC website also offers a free Find a Local Contractor search to help consumers locate a local, licensed and skilled tradesperson.