The Ultimate Guide to Navigating the Bad Builders Register: A Must-Read for New Home Builders
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  • Check the Bad Builders Register: Always verify your builder’s reputation.
  • Identify Red Flags: Look for poor communication and shoddy workmanship.
  • Document Everything: Keep detailed records to protect your rights.

Hey Australia, I’m Russell McCarthy, founder and lead building inspector at WA Building Inspections in Perth. If you’re in the process of building a new home, this article is a must-read. Today, we have a new entrant into the bad builders register. I will guide you how to avoid the nightmare of dealing with a dodgy builder. Trust me, you don’t want to end up like many homeowners I’ve met who had to face the consequences of poor construction work, just like the unfortunate homeowner in the below video.

Understanding the Bad Builders Register



What is the Bad Builders Register?

The bad builders register is a comprehensive list that helps identify builders with a history of poor workmanship and unethical practices. It’s an essential tool for anyone looking to build a new home, ensuring you can avoid the pitfalls of hiring an unreliable contractor.


How the Bad Builders Register Helps Consumers

By checking the bad builders register, you can:

  • Avoid Unscrupulous Builders: Prevent hiring builders with a history of poor performance.
  • Ensure Quality Work: Increase the chances of getting quality construction work done.
  • Save Time and Money: Avoid costly repairs and legal battles down the line.

This will then guide you How to choose a builder in Perth.




Common Issues with Bad Builders

From my experience, there are several common issues that can arise when dealing with bad builders. Here’s a closer look at some of the most frequent problems:

Poor Workmanship

One of the most glaring signs of a bad builder is shoddy workmanship. Let me share a few examples from a recent inspection I conducted.

Case Study of Todays Bad Builder

In one of my recent new house inspections in Malaga Perth in the video above, I encountered a range of issues that highlighted the importance of avoiding bad builders:

  • Inconsistent Brickwork: “Look at the alignment of this brickwork. It’s disgusting,” I pointed out during the inspection. This kind of poor craftsmanship is a red flag.


  • Improper Lintels: “These lintels, which by the way hold up the suspended slab, need to have a minimum bearing of 150mm. That’s 90mm,” I noted. Incorrect installation can lead to structural issues.


  • Skewed Stairway: “This stairway is skewed, does this, over there, just leans down,” I described. Such deviations can pose serious safety hazards.


  • Inconsistent Mortar Gaps: “Look at the consistency in these mortar gaps. Actually, look at the consistency in the mortar itself,” I explained. Uneven mortar can affect the stability of the structure.


  • Weep Holes at Incorrect Heights: “Weep holes at the incorrect height,” I observed. Properly placed weep holes are crucial for moisture control.

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Red Flags to Watch Out For

When hiring a builder in Perth, be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Lack of Proper Documentation: Ensure your builder provides all necessary permits and licenses.


  • Unrealistic Quotes: If a quote seems too good to be true, it probably is.


  • Poor Communication: If your builder is hard to reach or avoids answering questions, that’s a big red flag.

Bad Builders in Perth

Specific Issues Faced in Perth

Perth has seen its fair share of bad builders. I’ve come across numerous cases where homeowners were left with incomplete or substandard work. For instance, todays inspection revealed:

  • Misaligned Brickwork: “Look at that frame down there. Look how the brickwork just tucks in there,” I highlighted. Such misalignment can lead to long-term structural problems.


Legal Recourse: Can I Sue My Builder for Bad Work?

Understanding Your Legal Rights

If you find yourself dealing with a bad builder, it’s important to know your legal rights. You can take several steps to seek justice:

  • Document Everything: Keep detailed records of all communications, contracts, and issues.


  • Seek Legal Advice: Consult with a lawyer to understand your options.


  • File a Complaint: Report the builder to the relevant authorities.


Steps to Take if You Decide to Sue

If you decide to pursue legal action, follow these steps:

  1. Gather Evidence: Collect all documents, photos, and correspondence related to the project, incuding any new construction inspections carried out.
  2. Consult a Lawyer: Find a lawyer who specialises in construction law.
  3. File a Claim: Your lawyer will guide you through the process of filing a claim against the builder.





How to Report a Bad Builder

Official Channels for Reporting

Reporting a bad builder is crucial to protecting other consumers. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Contact Regulatory Bodies: Reach out to local building authorities (such as Commerce WA) and consumer protection agencies.
  • Submit a Formal Complaint: Provide all necessary documentation and details about the issues.

Importance of Documentation

When reporting a bad builder, thorough documentation is key. Make sure to include:

  • Photos of Defects: Visual evidence of the issues.
  • Communication Records: Emails, texts, and letters exchanged with the builder.
  • Contracts and Agreements: All signed documents related to the project.





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Can I Check the Bad Builders Register?

You can check the bad builders register through local regulatory bodies or consumer protection agencies. They often have online databases you can access.

What Should I Do if I Find My Builder on the Bad Builders Register?

If your builder is listed, it’s best to look for an alternative. The risks associated with bad builders are too high to ignore.

Can I Get Compensation for Bad Building Work?

Yes, you can seek compensation through legal channels. Document all issues and consult with a lawyer to explore your options.

What Are Common Signs of a Bad Builder?

Common signs include poor communication, lack of proper documentation, unrealistic quotes, and shoddy workmanship.

How Do I Report a Bad Builder in Perth?

To report a bad builder in Perth, contact local building authorities and consumer protection agencies. Provide detailed documentation of all issues.