Rain reveals shoddy work



STINKING carpets, soggy possessions and a loss of $12,000 was not what Maxine Johns expected when she started renovating her home.

The 63-year-old Bundaberg woman is now savvy to the heartache of contracting an unregistered builder and hopes others will not make the same mistake.

"Because he came so highly recommended and because he said he was registered, I believed he was,'' Mrs Johns said.

"But he made a mess of what was supposed to be carpentry work and when the rains came last week, my back room poured like a waterfall.

"I went back and recost the job and found he overcharged me by $7700.

"Now I am up for solicitor's fees just to go to the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA) tribunal hearing.''

QBSA general manager Ian Jennings said the unlicensed contractor had been directed to find a "licensed practitioner'' to fix Mrs Johns' house.

Master Builders Association director of housing Peter Osterhage advised people to search the QBSA website to verify a tradesman's credentials.

"All contractors must be li-censed with the QBSA,'' Mr Osterhage said.

"The website also will tell you what the tradesman can do, for example, a carpenter cannot engage a plumber.

"Only a builder can do that.''

Mrs Johns' advice was to make sure people saw the tradesmen's qualifications.

"It will save them a lot of heartache,'' she said.



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