We hear about it all the time…
We even see it on the news almost every week!
Unqualified and unlicensed tradespersons charging exorbitant fees for terrible and unsafe work. Unfortunately, these dodgy tradespeople – commonly known as fake tradies or travelling con men – seem to be everywhere.
The scariest thing is, it can seem very difficult to determine if the tradie is unqualified for the first day or two. Or, worse, even before you pay a deposit! With the increasingly sophisticated ways these unscrupulous tradies use to attract business, it’s no wonder that many unsuspecting businesses and home owners fall for these scams.
That’s why working with a licensed, registered and highly skilled tradie is the one thing you should never compromise to get the high quality work you deserve and can count on.
So, what can you do to protect yourself and make sure you find a legitimate tradesperson?
Thankfully, many laws and services today guarantee your safety and that of your loved ones, your property, and even your contractor. However, trade licensing laws can vary from state to state. It’s important to have a basic understanding to make sure the work you receive is correct, insured and legal.
Before we get to how to tell if a tradesperson has the necessary qualifications and skills for the job, let’s dive a little deeper into why you need to choose a licensed tradie.
Why Licensed Tradies are the Real Deal.
There’s one major advantage to choosing a licensed tradie…
You prevent the risk of exposing your family and home to potentially unsafe work or people.
Working with a licensed tradie secures you from loss (monetary or otherwise), damage, or injury resulting from poor workmanship. Also, only licensed contractors can offer the insurance that protects you from becoming liable in case an accident occurs on the job. The last thing you would ever want is to pay for unsafe work and also the medical costs to help your dodgy tradie recover!
Licensed tradies underwent strict verification and testing. This means you can expect them to maintain high standards in their trade and, hence, complete quality work at fair prices.
In a nutshell, if you work with licensed tradies, you enjoy more rights under existing consumer laws in case something goes wrong.
Which Tradies Need to be Licensed?
At the moment, Australia has no national licensing authority that monitors tradies’ building and construction work. The good news, however, is that each state has a regulatory body responsible for granting licences for trades.
While not all works are regulated to the same extent in every state, each licensing authority won’t allow license holders to get up to any nonsense!
These regulatory bodies all have strict requirements and conditions with regards to license applications.
Let’s take a look at how each state’s trading licence requirements compare.
Tips for Choosing an Insured, Registered and Licensed Tradie
Unlicensed, unregistered, and fake tradies have been around for a long time. And many of them are getting craftier than ever.
Some come up with flyers or signages that have industry standard logos, Australian Business Numbers (ABN) and Australian Company Numbers (ACN). Others have websites that look pretty convincing. And then there are those brazen enough to sweet talk you into a false sense of complacency.
Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate company or contractor.
How? Post a job here on LinkU!
Businesses on LinkU need to pass through our 10-point verification system. This system ensures we partner only with registered, licensed, and insured businesses. After posting a job request on LinkU, you will receive quotes from verified businesses. Plus, posting your first job on LinkU only takes a few minutes.
If you aren’t using LinkU, there are of course measures you can take to ensure you are dealing with an honest tradie.
Follow this quick list of tips to ensure a good experience:
Where to Begin Looking?
There are several places to start looking for a qualified tradie.
The best place is to post a job on LinkU and let our team do the heavy lifting for you. Whether you’re looking for an electrician, builder, or a handyman, we have handpicked the most skilled and reputable service providers in your area.
All you need to do is post a job here and choose the best tradie for the job.
Alternatively, you can ask your friends, family and co-workers. We can often rely on the recommendation of a trusted friend or family member to connect us with a reputable provider.
We hope our article has helped you pick a dependable tradie for all of your home and property improvement needs, so you can finally kick off your dream projects.
Thanks for reading, and good luck out there!