Dodgy builders are getting away with just about anything thanks to poorly run systems and directory websites that let them lie to your face!
A story recently run in The Age outlined the problems 2 families had when a dodgy builder showed his true colours and made a mess of their renovations. They had a tough time bringing him to justice and are still trying to pay for the repairs to be made. It's not the first time this has happened and unless something changes soon, it certainly won't be the last time.
When the Keighley's wanted a bigger house they did what many people are doing today - they went online and found a registered builder. He sounded good, offered a good price and they trusted that he would be everything he said he was.
Years later, the Keighley's are stuck trying to work out where and how things went wrong while they're spending a fortune trying to pay for repairs to a building job that went wrong.
Turns out the builder they hired wasn't as trustworthy as he appeared. According to The Age, Tim Watson is a bankrupt who had a criminal record. Plus, his insurance certificate was fake, and while some of his reviews on Truelocal.com.au might appear glowing, it's obvious that's he's just posted them himself.
It is the problem with relying on a system that doesn't do any background checking or restrict reviews to actual customers. Service Central personally checks every insurance certificate (and trades license) that comes through our system. We only allow customers who have actually interacted with the business to review and when a dispute or severe negative feedback arises, we always investigate.
The builder hadn't just done the dodgy on this one customer - he'd left a string of bad jobs and unfortunate victims behind him, at least one of which according to The Age he had actually assaulted!
So how does it come about that a single builder can be able to keep operating despite being bankrupt and even having criminal charges against him? Because the system's in place to stop him are slow moving, and as long as there are sites and directories allowing him to register and pretend to be 'squeaky clean and honest' there will be people falling into his trap.
Here at Service Central we're appalled that this has occurred and recommend that in future people go to sites like Service Central to find their contractors. Don't risk your dream project on a dodgy builder like the one above - utilise Service Central's job posting system and you'll benefit from our strict Quality Control. We guarantee it.
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Read the full article, "When the system doesn't work, it appears dodgy builders can get away with almost anything."
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