Friday, 15 July 2011 11:53
The Master Builders and Archicentre will use the Master Builders Building and Home Improvement Expo this weekend to announce an alliance that focuses on protecting consumers against unskilled, untrained and unregistered tradespeople.
According to the MBAV failing to pick a qualified tradesperson with a good track record can lead to costly and stressful legal action.
Last year 1060 building disputes went to VCAT, this represents approximately 1 per cent of domestic building permits or on average twenty disputes a week.
Archicentre statistics reveal that 30 per cent of homes inspected are classified as having 'some form of illegal building.' These defects can put lives at risk.
Master Builders and Archicentre will announce a new alliance that will bring together design and construction professionals to ensure consumers are using the best people for their renovations and repair projects.
Archicentre State Manager Victoria David Hallett said the alliance aimed to reduce the number of under qualified tradesmen doing building work.
"One of the most common questions asked by people who have had a property inspection, pest inspection, building inspection or architect's advice report which detail the need for repair, is where to find reliable and skilled tradesmen to carry out the work," Mr Hallett said.
"Master Tradesman provides a good starting point for consumers to obtain access to certified and skilled tradespeople."
Master Builders Deputy Executive Director Radley de Silva said the new alliance with Archicentre would provide consumers with reassurance.
"The matching of skilled professionals in the residential building area is a win for making the industry more efficient and a win for the consumer to save money and time," Mr de Silva said.
About 24 per cent of all new home builds and more than 35 per cent of all renovations are carried out by owner-builders who have no technical qualifications whatsoever. It is especially important for this group to pick a reliable tradesperson.
"By choosing a Master Tradesman, consumers know they are using tradespeople that have undergone stringent quality controls and are fully registered and competent in their field."
Mr de Silva said the alliance with Archicentre would also provide members of the Master Builders Association of Victoria with a range of services to assist their clients with new home and renovation planning, design and sustainability from the industry experts.
Ron Smith, Corporate Media Communications Archicentre - Mobile 0417 329 201