Well, there can be a lot of reasons, here’s some:
- Can they produce their licence?
- Are they local and have a good reputation?
- Do they have enough industry experience to complete your project with high quality workmanship?
- Have they detailed everything in the quote?
- Can they give you contactable references of previous work?
- What are their warranties?
- Do they have a website to back up what they offer in writing?
- Do they have good reviews/testimonials on their social media sites
- Are they personable?
- Do they seem thankful for the opportunity to perform business?
I am a plumber in Ipswich QLD, and I am required by law to hold a QBCC Contractors Licence, Gas Fitting Licence, Plumbing Licence, Drainage Licence, Backflow Licence and TMV Licence.
It took me 6 years of full-time training to get my trade licences for a reason.
Gas Fitting, Plumbing & Drainage can cause serious personal and public health risks if not correctly performed to the relevant Australian Standards.
It also takes a lot of years, money and constant updating with training if I want to keep running my business maintain protection for my clients and the general public.
So I encourage you to think twice before doing your own plumbing.
And make sure you do your “Due diligence” and ask me to produce any of my licences as proof that I am a professional that is committed to yours and the public’s safety.
Why am I asking you to do this?
I ask you to do this because I want you to get in the habit of asking all trades people you want to hire, to see their licences.
No licence = No insurance protection = Health & Safety Risks
And believe me, after more than 20 years in the trade, I’ve seen some seriously risky and expensive property damage from all kinds of DIY gas fitting, plumbing & drainage defects.
Until next time, keep safe!
Licensed Plumber, Gas Fitter, Drainer, Backflow Tester, TMV Tester
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