Once you’ve made the decision to render your home, you want to make sure you engage an experienced, skilled professional to do the job. Unfortunately when selecting a renderer, many home-owners do the bare minimum – obtain three quotes and then go with the lowest. While price is always going to be a factor in your final decision, it’s important to ask your renderer a few other questions too.
Remember; you are trusting them with your biggest asset! There’s no point getting the lowest price if you then have to pay for sections to get re-done or, just decide to live with an unsatisfactory job.
Below we’ve put together our top three questions to ask your renderer before they start work on your home.
- How Much Experience do You Have?
In a previous post we talked about the numerous steps involved in the rendering process. These steps require skill and knowledge and both these attributes are borne out of experience. If you get an inexperienced renderer they might:
- Provide you with an unrealistic quote or timeframe because they don’t actually know how much work is involved in the job
- Not be able to advise you of the full range of render options available to you and of what might work best for your home
- Produce a substandard job – because they simply haven’t had enough experience working with different renders, in different conditions, on different substrates
At Melbourne Rendering we have more than 20 years experience working with different property styles, and a wide range of rendering products, across Melbourne. We can guarantee you a quality job and the best advice.
- Can You Provide References?
Many people rely heavily on website customer testimonials to form an impression of a business. While positive testimonials are a good sign, it’s still worthwhile to hear it from the horse’s mouth. That means asking your renderer if they can put you in touch with a couple of their previous clients so you can ask them questions directly. If the previous clients are amenable and live nearby, you may even be able to pop over and take a look at their rendering work yourself.
If your renderer is reluctant to provide references or flat out says no, you might want to cross them off the list. Rendering your home is a significant investment and you are perfectly entitled to make sure you’re hiring someone who will do a good job.
- Can you Provide Proof of Your Licensing and Insurance?
Your renderer should have no trouble in providing you with a copy of their licence. Rendering licence requirements vary by state across Australia, but in Victoria all professional renderers should possess a ‘Domestic Builder – Limited’ licence. When asking to see proof of licence you should also ask to see copies of insurance certificates of currency. At a minimum this is likely to include Public Liability insurance and Workers Compensation. If your renderer is not insured, not only can this be a headache for you if things go wrong, it also indicates a lack of professionalism on their part.
We hope this post will help you find a quality renderer to transform your home. If you have queries or would like a free quote, contact Melbourne Rendering today.