Before you engage your next trade there are some things you need to know. Rule number one: Don’t let a painter undertake plaster repairs. Why? They don’t have the experience and knowledge of how the plaster will perform once the surface has been damaged or how to fix plasterboard to the frame work.
That is, of course, unless your Contractor has qualified plasterers who undertake the work as recommended by the plasterboard suppliers.
Don’t let a painter or plasterer do your electrical. Why? Unless you are a licensed Electrician, you are not legally allowed to remove and reconnect lights or general power outlets (GPO’s).
That is, of course, unless your Contractor has licenced Electricians to undertake all electrical work if required.
Don’t deal with anyone who doesn’t have a Licence. Why?…. “Hang on, you mean, not even in the exchange of money for say, a meat pie at Paul’s Bakery?” Well, OK. Paul does not need a Licence. But stay on track, we are talking about Painters
Some cowboys will tell owners they are allowed to work on a job under $3300.00 without a QBSA Licence. This is true, but as an owner, you do not know if this cowboy will do a runner.
Play smart, play safe. Only deal with a licensed contractor.
Check the paint products the painters are using. Why?
When using cheaper paints, you are often unable to get any marks off the walls, especially in kids rooms and internal offices. Cheaper paints can also often give poor coverage and poor sheen levels.
Some painters may tell you that the cheaper, trade line, paint is as good as premium paint – which is not true. Premium paints cost more but are also made from better quality materials.
Fid yourself a Painter that only uses only premium line products like Dulux and Solver Paints.
Check the plaster products your plasterer is using. Why?
In recent times there has been some plasterboard imported from overseas. This plasterboard can contain chemicals which can have a reaction on metal framing causing the framing to corrode over time.
In New South Wales a painter must be licensed if he contracts, sub-contracts or advertises to do exterior residential painting where the reasonable market cost of the labour and building materials is more than $5000. Licenses are issued by the Department of Fair Trading NSW.
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