Well allow us to wish you all the best for 2012, trust that the year is the best one yet for you! Building in Toowoomba certainly seems to be picking up somewhat, certainly off to a better start than all the dramas of 2011! Enquiries are steady and with the $10,000 state grant for new homes getting some extra mileage, along with lowering interest rates and the booming mining industry, things are hopefully looking up for Toowoomba and the surrounding regions. New work place health and safety legislation has kick in from the 1st of January bringing QLD into line with the rest of Australia in some areas – one aspect is working on heights above 2m which now requires edge protection (used to be 3m). This may not seem much of a change but the 3m rule meant all homes built on a slab (most) didn’t require expensive scaffolding – now they do. These changes along with considerable price increases in quite a number of supplies and materials means unfortunately building, is only going to get more expensive in 2012. We hope this doesn’t put a dampner on things, and whilst we welcome safer and better environments for our workers all round – unfortunately all these things come at a cost. The building industry is one of the most regulated industries in Australia now, and without a doubt the red tape and legal ramifications of it all has been a huge factor in the increased cost of new building works – it only seems to get worse. I remember the days well, of simply going around to a potential client, discussing their building desires, writing down a few things on a piece of paper, draw up a couple of plans, agree on a price, a firm handshake, and away we go. One building inspection, no industry “policemen” hiding around the corner, just simple things like common decency, honesty, and common sense undergirdered our contractural obligations and building relationships. Sure the changes have helped in some areas and provided some levels of protection, but I’m convinced at the end of the day the same rules apply now as they did then, and always will. Make sure you get an honest fair dinkum builder whose been around a while and you’ll end up with a good job and a fair deal.
At Ross Turner Building we’ve built our business around these simple old fashion values of quality work, committed service, open honest communication and looking after our clients and workers – basically a fair dinkum product for a fair dinkum price. We started that way, and we continue on. All the red tape and bureaucratic nonsense that plagues our society has actually changed little accept make everything more complicated and more expensive.
We’d love to share some of that old fashion service with you so if you are thinking of building – either new or renovating, we’d love to hear from you. Our desire is for you to enjoy your building experience – our pledge to you is a commitment to excellence in building and service. In these regards nothing has changed! Happy 2012!!