Post Deb­bie re­build

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

SIX weeks on from Cy­clone Deb­bie, home own­ers will be look­ing to make good some of the dam­age cre­ated by the most re­cent se­vere weather event to hit the Whit­sun­days.

The fol­low­ing is a go-to guide for home-own­ers ac­cess­ing the ser­vices of tradies.

Li­censed con­trac­tors

THE Queens­land Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion has a great data­base of lo­cal li­censed con­trac­tors which can be found by go­ing to qbcc.qld.gov.au.

The directory al­lows you to choose a cat­e­gory of build­ing work and then se­lect a kilo­me­tre ra­dius from a post­code. This will pro­vide you with a list of lo­cal con­trac­tors who may be able to help with re­pair work.

A list of lo­cal con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers can also be found by con­tact­ing the Queens­land Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion and the Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion.

It is a good idea to ask the con­trac­tor for de­tails of sim­i­lar past work and re­cent clients to check the qual­ity of their work. Re­mem­ber to make sure the con­trac­tor is li­censed to per­form the work and try to use lo­cal tradies. You can carry out a li­cence search at: www.qbcc.

Con­tract re­quire­ments

AS A HOME owner get­ting con­tract work done, it is ad­vised there is a con­tract in place.

Con­tracts are le­gal re­quire­ments and they help to pro­tect you dur­ing the re­pair and re­build­ing process. It is re­quired for all work val­ued over $3300. It is also strongly rec­om­mended to en­ter into a con­tract for work be­low $3300.

As­bestos re­moval

IF IT IS pos­si­ble that a prop­erty has as­bestos in it the most im­por­tant mes­sage is: Do not at­tempt to re­move it your­self.

Prop­er­ties built be­fore 1990 are likely to con­tain as­bestos fi­bro sheet­ing. It is very dif­fi­cult to tell by look­ing at fi­bro sheet­ing whether it con­tains as­bestos or not. If you think there may be as­bestos in your home, call the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil or Work­place Health and Safety Queens­land on 1300 362 128

Do not dis­turb or break it as as­bestos fi­bres may be re­leased. Spe­cial­ists who re­move as­bestos are li­censed by WHSQ.

PHOTO: MON­KEY BUSI­NESS IM­AGES

ROOF FIX: A roofer works on the ex­te­rior of a home.

Con­tracts are le­gal re­quire­ments and they help to pro­tect you dur­ing the re­pair and re­build­ing process.

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