Does the renovator you are about to contract have any form of Home Warranty Insurance?

Summary

Home Warranty Insurance provides peace of mind for bathroom renovation projects.

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Has Home Warranty Insurance coverage been included?

Have you wondered why your renovation quote is so cheap?

One of the things we see all the time when providing free bathroom renovation quotations is that property owners don’t really understand how to really work out the cost of their renovation accurately. There are lots of little things that are lost in the details like whether sub-contractors will be used, exactly what materials and even things like what insurance or guarantees are provided for the project.

 

Home Warranty Insurance – Cover and Requirements
At the moment for each state (except Tasmania), the Government determines the policy terms of Home Warranty insurance, manages its administration and is the sole underwriter. This means if an insurance claim comes up, the Government pays out the claim to the home owner.

Nu-Trend is a licenced building contractor and we deal directly with property owners so we are undertaking work that is required to be warranted, so we make sure we have home warranty insurance prior to commencement of your project. This of course adds cost to our quotations but it also provides peace of mind for both us and you as the Client.

 

What does Home Warranty cover?
Home Warranty insures the property owner, either you as the original owner or subsequent owners against things like;

  • Non completion of the building contract
  • Failure of the builder to correct faults, which are deemed by law to be the builder’s responsibility, for a nominated warranty period. These contingencies are poor workmanship, faulty design, and inadequate or unsuitable materials.
 
 

There is legislation that outlines the extent of Home Warranty insurance cover to the property owner and for NSW this is an outline of the requirements;

  • Any residential building work over the amount of $20,000 requires Home Warranty insurance.
  • The insurance covers up to the amount of $340,000.
  • Period of Home Warranty cover for major defects is 6 years after completion of works, and 2 years cover for non-major defects
 
 
 

The statutory warranties require a builder to perform work;

  • In accordance with the plans and specifications in the contract.
  • In a proper manner
  • Using good and suitable materials
  • Using new materials unless otherwise stated
  • In accordance with laws
  • Within the time specified in the contract
  • So as to be fit to be occupied when completed; and
  • So as to live up to any result agreed it must achieve.

Checklist for owners entering a building contract.

The NSW Government provides a contract and even a checklist for property owners

Below is a sample from the NSW Government’s Home Building Contract that is a Checklist for people entering into a building contract. It helps to make sure all the appropriate steps have been taken before you engage a renovation contractor. We have seen many property owners not follow this process or even know about the requirements which has led to jobs not completed or disputes about the job.

 

 

See the complete Department of Fair Trading contract here

 

 

All the information and limits mentioned above are provided as at the date of publication to the best of our knowledge. Full details in respect to the complete state requirements should be sought from your state government authority. Nu-Trend provides this information for general information purposes only. It is not intended to be comprehensive, nor does it, or should it (under any circumstances) be construed as constituting legal advice. You should seek independent legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content of this information. Nu-Trend will not be responsible for any loss, damage, cost or expense you or anyone else incurs in reliance on or user of any information contained on this page.

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NSW Departmen of Fair Trading Home Building Contract Over 20000 Checklist for Owners Entering Building Contracts

See the complete Department of Fair Trading contract here

 
For more information visit the following NSW government websites:

www.hbcf.nsw.gov.au

www.sira.nsw.gov.au

www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
 

All the information and limits mentioned above are provided as at the date of publication to the best of our knowledge. Full details in respect to the complete state requirements should be sought from your state government authority. Nu-Trend provides this information for general information purposes only. It is not intended to be comprehensive, nor does it, or should it (under any circumstances) be construed as constituting legal advice. You should seek independent legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content of this information. Nu-Trend will not be responsible for any loss, damage, cost or expense you or anyone else incurs in reliance on or user of any information contained on this page.

Years of experience

Nu-Trend since 2009

Nu-Trend was formed just over 10 years ago by father and son team, Rick and Michael Karagiannis.

Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.

Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.

Rick

Rick from Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations

The passionate business owner who loves his job, always goes the extra mile & who many say “is too good for the industry”

Rick dislikes the typical industry behaviour and firmly believes in ‘no gimmicks’ and upfront, honest work.

  • Position: Director
 
  • Years in the industry: 15
 
  • Expertise / specialty: A hands-on Director and business owner who provides leadership for the team.
 
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber, Bathroom Renovator.
 
  • What he loves about his work? I love helping people when someone wants something and we achieve what they are after it’s rewarding for me.
 
  • Funniest on the job story: Doing a job on a live sewer stack and someone flushing the toilet while we were underneath. It was quite brown, but you had to laugh.
 
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Caroma Products

Robert

Robert is the co-owner of Nu-Trend who loves walking into different scenarios every day & trying to solve problems quickly. 

He is the organiser in the team, keeping the boys on track each day. Some dub him the ‘pretty face’ of Nu-Trend. 

  • Position: Director
 
  • Years in industry: 14
 
  • Expertise / specialty: Quoting, team organisation and logistics to keep everything running smoothly.
 
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber and Bathroom Renovator.
 
  • What he loves about his work? Doing something different every day and working with really good people to solve a range of everyday problems.
 
  • Funniest on the job story: Pranking the boys with fake emails or calls and waiting to see their reactions. Funny at times but a good way to practice real situations.
 
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products

Chris

Chris joined Rick and Robert a few years ago as the number of jobs and bathroom renovations began to increase.

Ever reliable Chris gets stuck in when the hard work is required and provides the Nu-Trend team with a lot of the hard yakka.

  • Position: Plumber
 
  • Years in industry: 6
 
  • Expertise / specialty: Maintenance and domestic plumbing for houses or unit apartment blocks.
 
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber with aspirations to learn about renovations.
 
  • What he loves about his work?  Seeing Nu-Trend customers satisfied after a completed job where they notice the little details or finishing touches.
 
  • Funniest on the job story: Too many to list and he has been thinking about writing a book about funny plumber stories for everyone to read about.
 
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products

Local | Licensed | Insured

Nu-Trend is a plumber and bathroom renovations team in Sydney, available 7 days a week. With 15 years experience, the Directors Rob and Rick are hands-on and provide a personalised service that is fully licensed, insured and qualified. You can check online with the NSW Department of Fair Trading here

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HOME OWNERS INSURANCE

Protection for your renovation project.

Work with a local Sydney renovator.

FULLY LICENCED 217859C

A qualified and licensed builder.

INSURED $20,000,000

Public liability insurance for peace of mind.

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 Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Renovator

STANDARDS AUSTRALIA AS/NZS3500:2018 Compliant

All the work carried out by Nu-Trend is AS/NZ3500:2018 compliant. It is the Australian Standard for Plumbing and Drainage in NSW as set down by Standards Australia and the Australian Building Codes Board. They give the plumbing industry technical direction to enable compliance with required regulatory frameworks.

15 years experience with a written commitment.

Rick and Rob are the hands-on Directors for Nu-Trend Plumbing. Rather than hire sub-contractors and manage their business from a distant office, they are on the tools, at your site & working towards delivering your bathroom renovation or plumbing service. It means you are talking directly to the owners of the business, the guys who are accountable and responsible rather than via email or through customer service teams.

It is why they are able to provide a written guarantee that demonstrates their confidence in standing by the quality of their workmanship and the service they deliver to every single client.

They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality, they’ve been doing it for 15 years.

No sales tricks, guaranteed.

'No Gimmicks' that's our policy

With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes. 

Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.

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More Information

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Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.