Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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Many of us are already feeling the chill these autumn mornings. Now’s the time to make a list of maintenance type jobs to get your home ready for winter. Be sure to read our blog series ‘Winterizing your home’ for some job ideas.

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  1. Winter weatherproofing your home
  2. Winterproofing your homes exterior, doors and windows
  3. Weatherproofing your home with insulation

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spring home renovationsIsn’t the growth appearing outside with new buds on trees and plants simply beautiful? It’s lovely to feel the ground getting warmer with spring arriving and summer just around the corner.

Spring home renovations

Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you’ve been thinking about it for months, years even. In your mind’s eye, you can see the fixtures, fittings and flooring coming together beautifully.  You know you want to get cracking on the task, but you’re not sure where to begin.

We’ve talked to industry insiders and experts, putting together a list of 5 tips for starting your spring home renovations. (more…)

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Budget Bathroom Renovation Like all home renovation projects, there’s 3 levels of renovating: good, better and absolute best. We’ve already discussed getting started with bathroom renovation costs.  Today we’re going to talk about a basic budget bathroom renovation.

The basic budget bathroom renovation (from $3000-$12000)

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You’re considering installing a new fence in your backyard and think you’re ready to do it yourself.  But are you? Do you have every single thing you need? Are you positive that what you’ve planned will deliver exactly what you want, in terms of privacy and use-ability?

There’s nothing more frustrating than making it half way through a fencing job, only to discover that you’ve forgotten something crucial. (more…)

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kitchen contractorWhether you are remodeling your kitchen or ripping it out, you need to speak with a kitchen contractor. You also need to have some ideas about what you’d like your new kitchen to look like. Pinterest is a great tool to create a pinboard of your favourite kitchen ideas. It also helps a kitchen contractor understand what you want the finished result to look like. (more…)

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interior designerAn Interior Designer will draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces.

Their main is on how various colours, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a home’s occupants.

Traditionally, an Interior Designer focused on decorating, choosing a style and colour palette, then selecting appropriate furniture, floor and window coverings, artwork, and lighting. However, an increasing number of designers are becoming involved in architectural detailing.

Designers frequently collaborate with architects, electricians, and building contractors to ensure that designs are safe and meet construction requirements. Whatever space they are working on, almost all designers follow the same process.

The designer usually meets face-to-face with the client to find out how the space will be used and to get an idea of the client’s preferences and budget.  The designer will also visit the space to take inventory of existing furnishings and identify positive attributes of the space, along with any potential problems.

interior designThe designer then formulates a design plan and estimates the project cost. When the design concept is confirmed with the client, the designer will begin specifying the materials, finishes, and furnishings required, such as furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering, and artwork.

If a project requires structural work, the designer works with an architect or engineer on that part of the project.

Most designs also require the hiring of contractors to do technical work, such as lighting, plumbing, or electrical wiring. Often designers choose contractors and write work contracts.

Finally, the designer develops a timeline for the project, coordinates contractor work schedules, and makes sure work is completed on time. The designer oversees the installation of the design elements, and after the project is complete, the designer, together with the client, pay follow-up visits to the building site to ensure that the client is satisfied. If the client is not satisfied, the designer makes corrections.

What do in-store Interior Designers do?

Designers who work for furniture or home and garden stores sell merchandise in addition to offering design services. In-store designers provide services, such as selecting a style and colour scheme that fits the client’s needs or finding suitable accessories and lighting, similar to those offered by other interior designers.

interior designerHowever, in-store designers rarely visit clients’ spaces and use only a particular store’s products. Interior designers sometimes supervise assistants who carry out their plans and perform administrative tasks, such as reviewing catalogues and ordering samples.

Designers who run their own businesses may also devote considerable time to developing new business contacts, examining equipment and space needs, and attending to business matters.

Although most interior designers do many kinds of projects, some specialize in one area of interior design.  Some interior designers do many projects, while others specialize in specific areas – residential, commercial, lighting, bathrooms, as well as acoustics and home theatres.

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