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Don't let this happen to you! Court nails carpenter for failing to deck out consumer.

Hiring a tradesperson can be a big decision for any homeowner. Whether you're looking to build a deck and pergola, install a privacy screen, or build a set of outdoor stairs, it is important to ensure that the carpenter you hire is licensed and insured. While unlicensed and uninsured carpenters may offer competitive pricing, there are many risks associated with using them.


First and foremost, unlicensed carpenters may not have the proper training and experience to complete the job to a professional standard. This can lead to sub-standard workmanship, which can be detrimental to the structure as well as the safety of those using it.



Not only was this carpenter uninsured and unlicensed, but they also requested a $9,460 deposit payment from the homeowner for a deck and pergola project and then failed to arrive on the agreed start date. In NSW, under the NSW home building law, the maximum deposit a homeowner can be asked to pay is 10 percent (https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/building-and-renovating/preparing-to-build-and-renovate/contracts). The homeowners requested a refund but the carpenter was unable to provide the funds due to his lack of financial management. Fortunately, this homeowner received a refund for their deposit, but not until after court proceedings.


Don't let this happen to you. At Venom Construction, we are a team of fully licensed and insured carpenters. We have contracts for our clients, as well as policies and procedures in place that follow all legislated requirements to protect our homeowners. We also have a qualified finance professional who manages our funds and projects which ensures we are a financially stable company who can always deliver our clients' outdoor carpentry projects, including decks, pergolas, privacy screens, outdoor stairs, handrails and balustrades.


Contact us today for a free quote and see first hand the knowledge and experience we have at Venom Construction.

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