Individuals and companies must hold a QBCC licence to carry out any building work valued at over $3,300.

Only someone holding a builder’s licence can organise other trades: eg a carpenter cannot organise for the electrician or plumber to come in and do work. If you engage only a trade contractor to carry out your bathroom renovation, the job will not be covered under insurance – you must engage someone who holds a builder’s licence.

You want to know you are hiring an experienced bathroom renovator.   A good builder will welcome your question.  

They should be able to tell you that they:

  • Have been renovating in your area for a number of years
  • Can provide you with references
  • Are fully licensed and insured

It is important when comparing quotes to ensure you are comparing apples with apples.  Make sure the quotes are for the same work requirements so that you can easily compare them later.

Some points to look out for:

  • Is one quote for a framed shower screen while the other is for a fully frameless shower screen?
  • Is one quote moving the drainage to opposite side of the room while the other quote is keeping it where is already is?
  • Is one quote including all of your tiles, taps etc while the other quote lets you choose and purchase the items yourself?
  • Does the company quoting use licenced tradesman to carry out the work, or are they using handymen with no insurance?

The cheapest quote does not necessarily mean the best quote.  What may initially seem like a good price can potentially end up costing you more money.

If your renovation work is priced at over $3,300, you need to sign a written contract with your builder.   Your builder is also responsible for taking out home warranty insurance directly with the QBCC for the works carried out at your property.

For further details regarding the home warranty insurance scheme, please see here:

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-warranty-insurance/home-warranty-insurance-explained

You want more than a start and finish date. A renovation includes gutting the existing room; re-doing the plumbing work; waterproofing; tiling; installing fixtures and fittings. Your builder should be able to give you a schedule to help you know in advance what is going to be done and when.

All work carried out by QBCC licence holders is covered under the following warranties:

  • Structural defects – six year warranty period
  • Non-structural defects – 12 month warranty period

If your builder asks for a 50% deposit up front, ask questions! 

The maximum deposit allowed under Queensland legislation is:

  • 10% where the total contract price is under $20,000
  • 5% where the total contract price is $20,000 or more
  • 20% for a contract of any price where the value of the work to be performed off-site is more than 50% of the total contract price