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18 January 2023
A room undergoing renovations

There’s a lot to think about when planning home renovations or repairs. Preparation and research are crucial to ensure both safety and your desired outcome.

Use licensed trades

We recommend choosing licensed builders and tradespeople with a good reputation. Source at least two written itemised quotes. It’s also important to know your rights and protect yourself when using a professional builder or tradesperson for any task, big or small.

Be aware of paying your builder too much in advance – if the builder doesn’t complete the work, you could be left out of pocket.

You can contact us for advice if you are unable to resolve a dispute with your builder.

Be mindful of asbestos

Did you know that one third of Australian homes contain asbestos? There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos and knowing what to look for is not always easy.

Asbestos was used in more than 3000 products before 1990 including roofing, gutters, downpipes, cladding, insulation, fencing, in the lining behind tiles and splashbacks, in electrical meter boards and underneath carpet or vinyl flooring.

All forms of asbestos were banned in Australia in 2003 due to health risks.

Always check if asbestos is present before you start any repairs, maintenance, or home improvements. If you are unsure, ask an asbestos professional for advice.

If the asbestos material is in good condition, do not disturb or damage it. If it is broken, weathered or if any building or trades work is likely to disturb or damage the asbestos, it is recommended that you engage a licensed asbestos removalist.

We’re supporting the state government’s implementation of SA's Asbestos Action Plan and are reminding all consumers and licensed builders and tradies of important safety issues regarding asbestos.

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