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Building a house or renovating is often the biggest investment most people will ever make, so it is important homeowners protect themselves from unqualified and unregistered building practitioners and plumbers.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA), has released its top six warning signs for identifying an unregistered builder or an unregistered or unlicensed plumber.

Victoria Building Authority

The VBA’s top six warning signs for identifying an unregistered builder or plumber are:

  1. No results are found when you type their name into the VBA’s ‘Find a Practitioner’ tool.

  2. They do not ask you to enter into a written contract before the project starts.

  3. They ask for too much money up front or at each set payment stage. By law in Victoria, a deposit can be no more than five per cent of the total project cost (for projects over $20,000).

  4. They are not prepared to tell you about, or show you, examples of recent work or provide contact details of their former clients.

  5. They cannot or will not show you their VBA ID card – which details who they are and what classes of work they are registered (or in the case of plumbers, licensed) to do.

  6. They don’t provide you with a copy of their domestic building insurance policy or a certificate of currency covering your property before construction begins.

Geelong Plumbing Co is proud to be a registered plumber through the Victorian Building Authority.

Plumbing is a highly specialised trade requiring thousands of hours to master. At Geelong Plumbing Co we have gone through extensive training, obtained qualifications, licenses and had years of on-the-job experience to be able to accurately and safely provide plumbing services.


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