Does Hiring a Licensed Painter and Decorator Really Matter?

When hiring a local Sunshine Coast painter decorator contractor, it is important you check if the contractor carries full insurance and is properly licensed and certified. The importance of a licensed painter and decorator cannot be over stated as it is your guarantee should anything go wrong and also it also proves the contractor is qualified to carry out the work to a high standard.

A professional painter decorator  will carry full liability insurance, which is essential to protect you and your property should anything go wrong. While every effort is made to ensure your property is treated with the utmost respect and care sometimes accidents can happen, if the contractor isn’t fully insured then you could have difficulty claiming compensation for the damage to property. There is also the danger that someone could get hurt during the work, and while every effort is employed to ensure all work is carried out in a safe and conscientious manner, there is always a slight risk that something unforeseen could happen, it is therefore very important that the contractor is fully insured. This not only protects you and your property but also any third party for example neighbors.

Licensed painter decorators are required to prove they are fully trained and qualified in order to gain a license, they are also required to be of good character. The prospective licensee is required to take and pass a Business Management Course for Trade Contractors.  In Queensland the BSA (Building Services Authority) is the government body which not only licenses contractors but also protects the public from defective or poor workmanship carried out by one of their members. The BSA possesses the authority to instruct a contractor to rectify work and they also have the ability to prosecute, impose fines and or remove the license. Another requirement for obtaining a license is holding of qualifications such as the Certificate III Painting and Decorating, which shows the prospective licensee is trained and qualified.

Different trade councils and companies also provide certification usually in specials skills, for example working with different products to the required standards, ensuring work is carried out in compliance with the manufactures instructions and guidance to ensure the best possible results for the client. If your project requires a specialist coating or process then it is important the contractor is trained and where required licensed to carry out the work.

On the other hand, if you are considering hiring a painting decorating contractor from outside of Queensland, you need to check if they have relevant licenses, insurance and certification. So as to be sure that you have all the protection offered by Queensland regulations, as not all areas require their tradesmen to be registered or licensed. Meaning if something should go wrong you don’t have the protection offered by the BSA.

The importance of using a licensed local Sunshine Coast painter and decorator cannot be stressed strongly enough, as it is your security the work will be carried out to the highest standards, and should something unfortunately go wrong, you have a means of recompense.