Business https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:23:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 7 Steps to Scoring Online Painting Contract Jobs https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/scoring-online-painting-contract/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 22:30:00 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=54909 To get online painting contract jobs in Australia, you need to stand out from the competition. Because while there are many contract jobs up for grabs, there are also plenty of good painters out there bidding for the work. So how do you set yourself apart as a professional painter? First up, take care of […]

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To get online painting contract jobs in Australia, you need to stand out from the competition.

Because while there are many contract jobs up for grabs, there are also plenty of good painters out there bidding for the work.

So how do you set yourself apart as a professional painter? First up, take care of the basics.

1. Register With a Professional Body

Every profession has a set of requirements you need to fulfill before you can get contract work. The painting industry in Australia is no exception.

In many Australian states, you need to register with a professional body before you can get painting contract jobs. This gives you credibility as a professional and makes you seem more trustworthy to individuals and businesses seeking your services.

If a professional body hasn’t endorsed you, your bona fides are far less likely to hold sway next to accredited professionals, no matter how good a painter you are.

The National Institute of Painting and Decorating is the body that registers painters in Australia.

There are some licenses and certificates necessary for painters to have in Australia, including:

  1. Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.
  2. Painting Contractor Business Management Course

You will get a painting certificate after undertaking a painting apprenticeship or an assessment of your skills.

Although not all states in Australia need a painting license to work, it still helps to get one. Acquiring a licence differs from state to state in Australia.

For example, in New South Wales, the Department of Fair Trading is the authority that deals with licensing for all painting contractors.

In South Australia, Consumer and Business Services issues licences for building work contractors.

Ask the relevant authorities in your state about the process of getting a license. Here is the list of authorities to contact in your state for accurate and relevant information about licensing:

State
Relevant Authority to Contact
Western Australia Building Services Board, WA
South Australia Consumer and Business Services, SA
Queensland Building Services Authority, Queensland
Victoria Victorian Building Authority
Tasmania Consumer, Building and Occupational Services
New South Wales Department of Fair Trading, NSW

2. Protect Yourself by Using a Professional Contract Template

Your work does not end once you get a contract painting job. It ends when the client approves the job and makes the payment.

A common problem that plagues every tradie is getting paid. Protect yourself using a professional painting contract template. Don’t accept a verbal agreement; in case of a dispute, it will be difficult to prove what the two parties agreed to.

A professional contract template must contain the following relevant information:

  • All parties’ information. State the names and addresses of persons involved in the contract.
  • Scope of work. Give a detailed description of the work to be undertaken. In case more work must be added midway, ensure you write it down as it may affect the cost.
  • Deadline. Define the date, month, and year that work starts and ends.
  • Payment details. State the amount agreed upon and terms of payment. Always ask for a deposit. Don’t wait until you have completed the work to ask for payment and instead, opt for progressive payments.
  • Roles and Responsibilities. Outline all the duties of the parties involved.
  • Date and Signature. Both parties must append the date and their signatures on the document for it to be binding.
  • Terms and conditions. State the terms under which either party can cancel the contract.

Always hold up your end of the deal. Shortchanging a client will only hurt your business in the long run.

3. Meet Australian Industry Standards for Painters

The industry standards for painters describe the proper way of doing a painting job.

According to the Australian Industry Standards for painters, any qualified painter MUST meet the following key specifications:

  • Apply three coats to any bare plaster or timber surface.
  • The first and last coat must have a roller finish when applying paint by spray to a plasterboard surface.

To get regular contract work you should be able to meet these standards.

4. Specialise in Particular Painting Contract Jobs

You will gain an edge over other painters if you specialise in specific types of painting jobs. That way, you will carve out a niche for yourself in the market. Let me explain this with an example.

Let’s say there are currently 5,000 painting contract jobs in Australia. These jobs include interiors, exteriors, private buildings, office buildings, and other paint jobs.

There are around 19,000 registered painters in Australia. This means that if you are a general painter, your chances of getting a job are few because there is far more competition than available work.

Now, suppose that you choose a painting niche. You specialise in painting historic and antique homes. There may be only 1,000 jobs available in this market. But, there will also be far fewer painters who specialize in this type of painting contract work in your area. This increases your chances of getting work. Don’t be a generalist. Be a specialist.

Before choosing a niche to specialise in, do some research. Find out what the demand is like in specific markets and choose an area that is marketable and has the potential for growth.

5. Build an Online Presence

Use the internet to market yourself. It takes time, money, and patience to build a good online presence but at the end of the day, it pays off.

You can begin by creating a social media account free of charge. Create your profile on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use these accounts to display images of your work and share them with your networks. Once you have built a solid network, you can take out paid adverts of your work to reach a wider network.

Take part in online conversations related to your niche. You will build a wider reputation in time as an authority within your industry.

Build a simple website that will work as your online portfolio. Market yourself by including your contacts and accreditation. Also, include before and after photos of your projects and a few testimonials from previous happy clients.

Have a reputable and strong online presence. You will attract new clients, keep existing ones, and differentiate yourself from competitors. With this solid foundation, you will soon have regular contract jobs.

6. Check Online for Contract Painting Jobs

There are many online opportunities for contract work in Australia. You need to know the right online sites to get painting work. These are two sites that consistently post new contract work opportunities:

  • AusTender: This is a website created by the Australian government. It publishes the majority of government tenders which you can bid for online.
  • Australian Tender: This is an online database of up-to-date tenders. You can browse tenders and set up alerts for when new tenders in your industry pop up, so you can bid for online painting jobs.

Keep in mind: before you bid for work on these sites, you need to have a license.

7. Get Painting and Get Paid

So let’s summarise. You’ve:

  • Worked out what accreditation you need as a contract painter in your state or territory.
  • Armed yourself with a process for using a written contract.
  • Gotten a clear understanding of the standards you need to meet (and exceed) as a professional painter.
  • Chosen a niche to specialise in so you can set yourself apart.
  • Made a to-do list of steps to take to establish yourself with an online presence.
  • Got an eye on all the tenders advertised online.

But the easiest and simplest step you can take right now that will get results pretty much immediately is to list your business on Service Seeking.

Last year alone, we sent 360,000 new jobs to Australian businesses. Make yours one of them.

We don’t charge per lead and we don’t take any commission. As soon as the jobs start coming in, you can submit as many quotes as you like and we’ll even give you a hand setting up a professional quote template.

And we give you several options for getting paid.

Find out how it works, today.

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Cashflow Management with Finstro https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/cashflow-management-with-finstro/ Mon, 26 Aug 2019 23:35:18 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=54631 Launched in 2017, the Finstro Platform was built to help SME’s reach their potential, freeing up their time and cashflow to maximise their capacity for growth. With Finstro, ServiceSeeking businesses can get a flexible line of credit up to $500,000 in less than 3 hours – with just a simple online application and same day […]

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Launched in 2017, the Finstro Platform was built to help SME’s reach their potential, freeing up their time and cashflow to maximise their capacity for growth.

With Finstro, ServiceSeeking businesses can get a flexible line of credit up to $500,000 in less than 3 hours – with just a simple online application and same day approval. 

Check out Finstro.com.au for more, or stay tuned for our series of articles on how they can help you pay suppliers, fund customer invoices and get a cash safety net for any unforeseen business expenses.

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How Can I Find Fencing Work Online? https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/how-find-fencing-work-online/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 23:15:43 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=54189 The 21st century is a great time to be alive. Opportunities to make money abound thanks to the exchange of goods, services, payments and even information on the virtual market. This new system of trade, known as electronic commerce, continues to evolve making products and services easy to discover. Independent contractors such as yourself have […]

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The 21st century is a great time to be alive. Opportunities to make money abound thanks to the exchange of goods, services, payments and even information on the virtual market.

This new system of trade, known as electronic commerce, continues to evolve making products and services easy to discover.

Independent contractors such as yourself have a great chance of being located by prospective clients without spending obscene amounts of cash on marketing.

There are many ways to find fencing work online, you just have to know where to look. This article will show you how you can grab these opportunities and ways to make yourself discoverable.

Here’s How to Get Fencing Work Online

List Your Business Online

Prospects use credible online business directories to get verified products and services.

Your prospects are more likely to find you if you list your business in directories that they visit the most.

Did you know that Service Seeking is the best way to grow your fencing business in Australia?

Three million ready-to-hire Australian customers have visited and recruited contractors from the site so far.

You can send as many tailored quotes as you wish without paying for leads or commission.

Service Seeking Australia won’t demand a piece of the cake, so you get to keep the full amount paid by your customers.

How to Start Finding Fencing Work on Service Seeking Australia

Step 1: Create a Business Profile

List your name, contacts, location and industry for free.

Your details will appear in Service Seeking’s public directory within 5 minutes and you can expect new job leads in your email inbox.

Step 2: Choose a Membership Plan

Before you can send any quotes, you’ll need to buy a monthly membership for as little as $50.

They will assign you a business consultant to help you set up and answer any questions that your might have. No lock in contracts are included.

Step 3: Send Quotes

Your new leads will appear in your inbox shortly after sign up and you can start sending tailored quotes directly to them.

Have a Social Media Presence

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Social media is a great way to demonstrate your expertise, make connections with prospects and expand your influence.

Customers want to engage with you and know your values.They’d like you to respond to their questions and thank them for sharing your content.

They eventually become attached to you as you nurture that relationship which keeps you top of mind the next time they’re looking for a fence expert.

They’re also more likely to tell their networks about your services anytime someone looks for recommendations on social media.

Show that you’re an expert by sharing fencing related links and trends from your industry.

Google Alerts can send you emails about what’s new in the market, what your competitors are up to and even help you to check out mentions of your brand over a period of time.

The social media channel you choose depends on your target audience. You want to find your clients in the places that they frequent.

If the majority of your target customer use Instagram, create a business profile on that channel.

Next, create content that addresses your target customer’s fencing needs and pain points.

Make sure that you include a compelling call to action for every post that you create on social media to lead the customer to the next stage of their buyer journey.

For example, if you put up an image on your social media feed about a glass pool fence you’ve just erected, use a CTA (Call-To-Action) to lead the customer to your Messenger inbox, contact information, website or online portfolio where they can learn more about your services.

Join an online community interested in your industry and engage with its members.

Everytime you post on the group or hashtag community, members can look you up and see the remarkable content on your timeline.

Self promotion is frowned upon in closed internet groups so your posts and comments should be thoughtful and beneficial to the needs of the group.

Utilise Online Ads

Each social media channel offers options for advertising and you don’t even have to be an expert to craft your first ad.

Social media platforms guide you step by step and have forums where you can ask for help if you get stuck.

With online ads you can target specific segments of your fencing customers based on their demographics and income level.

You can then monitor performance and ad spend on insights and adjust the adverts as you see fit.

Create an Online Portfolio of Your Work

An online fencing portfolio gives your target customers an idea of what you’re capable of.

Include high quality visuals, your logo and tagline, customer testimonials, call to action and contacts.

You can also ask previous customers to give you a rating or review on your social media pages after the work is done to increase your social proof.

Collaborate with Other Contractors

Consider partnering with other online contractors in the construction industry.

Reach out to electricians, builders, painters and roofers to refer you to their customers.

This scratch my back I scratch yours strategy will create an ecosystem for the exchange of ideas among you making your business soar to greater heights.

Use a Branded Email Signature

Market yourself to people you’re in daily contact with by using a branded email signature, complete with links to your social media pages.

You can also include a short bio to summarise what your fencing business will do for prospective clients.

What to Consider When Looking for Fencing Work Online

Define Your Online Buyer Persona

Determine who they are, where they live, what their interests, needs and income level is and channels they use on social media.

If they visit Youtube for DIY fencing videos, you can create your own channel and share the same.

Do they spend a lot of time on Twitter? Participate in fencing specific hashtags.

Remember online customers don’t care how skilled you are until they know how much you care about their fencing needs.

Bear the customer’s struggles in mind and craft solutions to their problems.

Identify Your Niche

Here’s how to charge more and stand out from other fencers: Pick out your niche.

Your work will be unique and a prospect will always choose a specialist over a generalist to accomplish the task.

Please do extensive research beforehand to determine whether there is demand for your niche services.

Create a Rate Card for Your Fencing Work

Determine how much you’re going to charge for each service by checking your labour, material and equipment costs.

Next, craft a quote that includes:

  • Your company name
  • Quote validity period (if your prices fluctuate over time)
  • Work schedule (per hour fees)
  • Line items (all products and materials to be used in the project)

Be wary of your profit margin. If it’s too high, you might discourage your prospects and if it’s too low you’ll be put out of business.

A thorough quote shows the client that you’re attentive to detail and builds trust.

Observe Internet Etiquette

Don’t spam your followers as this will overwhelm them and see them opt out of your subscriber list or social pages.

No one wants to view images, shares, likes and retweets from only one account when they’re scrolling through their timeline.

Steer clear of religion, politics and hate speech. Your prospects have different orientations, religious and political views and broadcasting your beliefs will alienate some of them.

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Can You Grow Your Fencing Work Online? https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/grow-your-fencing-work-online/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 22:25:29 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=54177 Yes you can grow your fencing work online. In this digital age, it’s important for business owners to connect with new and existing customers and increase their online presence. Your clients want to engage with your brand in a meaningful way. They want you to listen and respond to them. Showing your customers that you […]

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Yes you can grow your fencing work online. In this digital age, it’s important for business owners to connect with new and existing customers and increase their online presence.

Your clients want to engage with your brand in a meaningful way. They want you to listen and respond to them.

Showing your customers that you care more about their concerns than you do about your profit margin will endear you to them. So, your online efforts must be driven by empathy.

Growing your fencing work online involves two processes: Lead generation and lead nurturing.

Here’s how you can scale up your fencing business by using the internet to your advantage.

Lead Generation

Lead generation tactics attract prospects to your business.

Once they visit your site or social media accounts, they take a desired action such as signing up for your offer or following your page.

This stage requires them to leave their contacts with you so that you can follow up with them later.

Create an Online Home for Your Fencing Work

Would you trust a fencing business that doesn’t have a website? Probably not.

Your prospects will look for reviews and do extensive research before they hire you to do their fencing and chances are that they are doing this from a mobile phone.

By 2016, Australia had a smartphone penetration of 84% according to the Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey.

Making sure that your website is mobile-friendly will capture more leads and land you more fencing work.

If a user finds it difficult to understand who you are and what you offer at first glance, they’ll drop out of the buying process but a mobile-friendly site mitigates this through fast loading speeds and easy navigation.

A well designed website also gives you social proof and guarantees that leads will get the information they need round the clock such as customer testimonials and images of previous work.

Remember to include your pricing, team member profiles, the different services you offer and contact information on your website.

Websites need to be refreshed regularly because search engines regard sites with recent content as the most relevant to users.

Improve Your Fencing Business Search Engine Ranking

Your fencing work is not only judged by customers and prospects but by search engines, too.

Search engines will give your business credibility and visibility if you play by their rules.

One way to do this is to improve your search engine optimisation (SEO). Designate a section on your site to host your company blog where you can upload different forms of content for your visitors.

Tools like Moz Keyword Explorer and Google Keywords Planner will show you search volumes for certain keywords and how they compete on search engines.

Moz Keyword Explorer

MOZ Keyword Planner

Google Keywords Planner

Google Keyword Planner

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Examples of long tail keywords that you could customise for your site include how to advertise a fencing business, fencing business licence, fencing business marketing or fence installation tips.

You could also place social icons on your website to make it easier for users to share your content to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other networking platforms.

Advertise Your Fencing Work Online

Online ads are cheaper and have a higher return on investment than traditional forms of marketing.

They allow you to view specific metrics such as reach, number of impressions, clicks and click through rate (CTR) and adjust the ads based on your findings and budget.

Depending on your marketing objectives, you may choose one or all of the following ad strategies:

Search Engine Marketing

Once you successfully bid your fencing keywords against other businesses, the search engine shows your ad on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP).

Google search result

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Google Ads drive traffic to your website and even make it possible to reconnect with window shoppers who visited your website through remarketing.

Display Ads

These are visual and interactive and will appear in third party websites related to fencing.

Display ads are perfect for brand awareness and customer engagement.

Native Ads

These will appear as sponsored listings at the bottom of a blog post page or social media feed.

They’ll usually be highlighted under ‘other people liked’ or ‘recommended content.’

They’re non-disruptive since they follow the editorial flow of the page.

Social Media Ads

These target people who are most likely to procure your fencing service based on their demographics, interests, educational background, location and more.

For instance, you can select 30 to 45 year-olds who have shown an interest in gate automation and show ads to them.

Social media ads are ideal for generating leads and driving traffic to your website.

Lead Nurturing

The leads you obtain need to be reminded of their fencing problems and how you can solve them.

Increase their desire to make the problem go away and communicate the benefits of your business.

Regularly making these deposits in their emotional bank account will prepare them to say yes when you finally make an offer.

Share High Value Content on Your Social Media Channels

Customers are always scouring the internet for answers to their problems.

Provide these solutions through relevant and engaging information on your social media accounts.

Questions, quotes, contests, images and videos of your fencing work, industry-related news and trends will bring you profile visits and encourage customer interaction.

Once in a while, celebrate your customers or active page followers to build loyalty and credibility.

Constantly track engagement, company mentions, shares and retweets to find out how your leads are responding to your content and adjust accordingly.

Always ensure that your content is on-brand to distinguish yourself from competitors and build trust with your followers.

Email Your Prospects

Get your leads closer to making a buying decision by sending them useful content into their inbox.

Regular emails build rapport and goodwill between you and your reluctant leads.

Steer clear of passive voice, all caps, too much punctuation, embedded forms and spammy words like ‘free’ ‘sale’ or ‘order now.’

Doing this will trigger the spam filter and your email will skip your lead’s inbox.

Segmenting your leads based on their different fencing needs and stated preferences will enable you to craft messages that relate to them.

Take this personalsation further by including the recipient’s name in the subject line and if they don’t open their emails, reach out to them and ask them what they really need and how you can assist.

Reward them with email subscription-only freebies such as discount codes for first-time customers.

Over time, they’ll associate your brand with value, you’ll stay top of mind and be the first person they consider when they need fencing work done.

List Your Business on Service Seeking

Lead generation and lead nurturing are tedious and costly. You could learn how to do this yourself through online courses in addition to your fencing tasks.

You might even have to hire professionals who specialise in social media management, Google Adwords, conversion optimisation, SEO, SEM and content marketing.

A better option would be to list your business on a credible site such as Service Seeking.

The number of customers who have visited and hired fencing business sits north of 3 million so far.

Service Seeking has become the best way to grow your fencing business in Australia today because it allows you to send as many quotes as you wish and doesn’t take any commissions.

All you have to do is create a business profile and buy a monthly membership (from just $50).

New leads will appear in your inbox and you’ll start sending them customised quotes in no time.

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Painting Contract Work: What Must a Contract Include? https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/painting-contract-work-what-must-include/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 23:02:09 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=53782 The only way for your painting contract work to be safe is to sign a real contract. You need to have at least a sample contract for painting work prepared in advance. A standard form contract contains painting work contract template text. There are blank fields where you should put your name, contact and business […]

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The only way for your painting contract work to be safe is to sign a real contract. You need to have at least a sample contract for painting work prepared in advance.

A standard form contract contains painting work contract template text. There are blank fields where you should put your name, contact and business details.

You should also know that the party who prepares the contract always has some sort of advantage. Standard form contracts can contain a lot of fine print.

The party who creates the contract will do anything in their power to protect themselves. They will attempt to shake off a bit of responsibility, as well.

If you want a good and fair standard painting work contract, make the effort to create one for yourself. You should ask for legal advice when doing so. Even if you have found your clients on an online platform such as Service Seeking. Signing a contract is always a good idea.

Here are some tips when signing a standard form painting work contract:

  • Read it all very carefully. Even the fine print. That is where the ‘traps’ are.
  • Don’t sign a contract that you don’t fully understand.
  • Fill out every blank space there is. If you don’t have anything to write in it – cross the blank space.
  • Always get a copy of your contract.

What Every Contract for Painting Work Must Include

Your painting work contract template should include all the relevant information about the:

  • People involved
  • The painting contract scope of work
  • Deadlines
  • Payments
  • Responsibilities and liabilities, and others.

These are some of the main elements of a standard painting work contract. We elaborate further on each of these items and explain them in plain language.

Who Are the People Signing the Painting Work Contract?

In legal language, this is called “the parties.” This means two sides that are signing the contract. It is important to know whether you are signing the painting work contract with an individual, a business, an agency or some entirely different party.

When signing the painting work contract with a private individual, you need their name, address and a signature.

When the painting contract is signed by two business parties, you need to make sure that the contract includes:

Painting Work Contract: Scope of Work

The painting work contract needs to describe what needs to be done. It also needs to describe the desired results in great detail. This means that it should clearly list what needs to be done, when and where.

Write:

Great Painting Company PTY LTD will do detailed exterior wall painting of the house in Witte Road nr 345, Maple Valley, WA. The painting will include preparation of the wall exteriors, a coat of primer and two coats of paint. The paint colour will be the combination of Pipe Clay for walls and Lexicon Quarter for trims. The work will start on 1st December 2019 and finish on 6th December 2019.

Exterior House Paint Colour Ideas

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Pipe Clay / Lexicon Quarter

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Don’t write:

Great Painting Company PTY LTD agrees to paint the house in Maple Valley, exterior only.

While you need to describe what will be done and the result of your work, don’t go into too many details. For example, agree on the specific colours, but don’t go into details about how the painting will be done. Allow some freedom and wiggle room in your painting contract work.

Painting Work Contract: Payment

The amount of money you expect for your painting contract work is not enough. You should also agree on the method, timing and expenses.

Payment Method – You can charge your painting contract work by the hour, day or per project. If you are getting paid on an hourly or daily basis, you need to specify the details. For example, you need to specify how many working hours you include in a day. How many days will your work last?

If you are being paid by the project, it means you will receive one fixed payment for the entire painting contract work you do. Sometimes, there are unexpected complications with your project. That is why your painting work contract should contain a clause that allows for the fixed fee to be changed under some circumstances.

Whichever payment method you choose, you should always specify whether GST is included in that price or not. If you don’t mention the GST in any way, the law says it is already included.

Payment schedule – Some customers think that is is only fair for them to pay upon the job completed. If the job lasts just for a couple of days, this is one of the ways you can schedule the payments. If it is a big project that lasts for a long time, this means you will be without pay for that entire time. Take that into consideration.


Some painters prefer to take a part of the payment upfront and then the rest upon completion. The upfront payment usually covers the costs of materials that are necessary to do the painting contract work.

Another good way to schedule the payments is by milestones or instalments. Painting work contract should specify precisely when these payments should take place.

Painting Work Contract: Indemnity

Painting can get messy. At times, mistakes happen and you can end up damaging your client’s property. Indemnity is a clause in the painting work contract by which you accept the responsibility for the damage your work might have caused for your client.

This doesn’t mean that all indemnity clauses are a loophole for your client to deny your payment. Indemnity clause can also state that you are not responsible for the losses over which you have no control. It is highly advisable that you have professional indemnity insurance.

Painting Work Contract: Subcontracting

The painting contract scope of work can sometimes exceed your capacities. That is when you should consider hiring a subcontractor. You need for your hirer to agree on this first. Secondly, you need to list this in your contract. Sometimes, your hirer will allow it and sometimes they won’t.

They can sometimes allow only for certain parts of the painting contract work to be subcontracted. Subcontracting means you will also have a contract with the person that you are hiring. In that contract, you will be the hirer.

Contracting and subcontracting imply you should know what the exclusivity agreement is. In short, it means that your hirer demands that you work only for them while the project lasts.

Make sure you are always well compensated for the painting contract work that requires you to give up other clients for the length of your contract.

Painting Contract Work: Variations and Changes

After crafting a painting work contract, you may want to put some changes in. This happens when contracts are for work that needs to be done over a long period of time.

Both parties can put their desired changes in writing and include it in the contract. They both need to sign the painting work contract. If both parties don’t agree, a court can make the final call.

Painting Contract Work: Solving Disputes

No matter how much you like your client, you can never tell if they are fair hirers. Sometimes, you simply can’t see face-to-face. If you can’t agree about some important issues stemming from your contract, like money, results or work conditions, it’s time to address the dispute. Here is what you can do:

Nothing replaces a written painting work contract. However, there is a certain security that you can get when listing your business with Service Seeking. While they are not offering legal representation, they have a system of reviews.

It means badly done work can hurt your reputation and rating. On the other hand, you will have some written trace of preliminary agreements that you had with your client. This is not a replacement for a solid painting work contract. Still, Service Seeking is a great place where you can find clients and sign legal contracts with them. Find some good new clients today!

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How Can I Get More Painting Contract Jobs? https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/get-more-painting-contract-jobs/ Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:15:21 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=53745 You will get more painting contract jobs when you improve your entrepreneurial skills. It’s not enough just to be a good painter. There are many good painters in every corner of Australia. To set yourself apart, you need to become the best businessman among the painters from your area. In that way, people will learn […]

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You will get more painting contract jobs when you improve your entrepreneurial skills. It’s not enough just to be a good painter.

There are many good painters in every corner of Australia. To set yourself apart, you need to become the best businessman among the painters from your area.

In that way, people will learn about you and want to hire you. You will build your reputation and improve your exposure. Take a look at this list of tips that will help you get more painting contract jobs in your area.

Build Credibility: Painting Contract Jobs License

Ask people what they want from their painter. Words like ‘skills’ and ‘reliability’ will be near the top of the list. One of the best ways to prove you are a reliable and skilled painter is to get licenced.

There are some licenses and certificates you can obtain which are necessary Australia-wide. In some states, they are preconditions for becoming a licensed painter. Two of such credentials are:

The process of obtaining your painting licence can be different across Australian states. In some states, the licence is not needed. Here is the list of authorities to contact in your state. They will give you the most accurate and relevant information about licensing.

Do You Need Qualifications to Be a Painter?
State Authority to Contact
New South Wales Department of Fair Trading, NSW
Western Australia Building Services Board, WA
Queensland Building Services Authority, Queensland
South Australia Consumer and Business Services, SA
Victoria Victorian Building Authority
Tasmania Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

This means – if you want to find painting contract jobs in Sydney, you need a licence issued by the Department of Fair Trading, NSW.

Painting contract jobs in Brisbane are reserved for those that got their licence from the Building Services Authority, Queensland.

For painting contract jobs in Melbourne, you should check with the Victorian Building Authority. This is what their website says:

You must be registered with the Victorian Building Authority in Victoria to [:…..] provide more than one type of building work (such as plastering and painting) that costs more than $10,000 (including labour and materials). Victorian Building Authority

Specialise for Certain Type of Painting Contract Jobs

The market for painting contract jobs is huge. Every house, apartment or business venue needs to be painted sooner or later. That sounds like a lot of work. And it is! On the other hand, there are a lot of painters, as well.

If you try and land all the painting contract jobs in general – you are less likely to get them. Don’t be a generalist. There are hundreds of those. Be a specialist.

In that way, you will narrow down your market, but everybody on that market will look for a painter with your skills. It is much better to explain this with an example.

Let’s say there are currently 10,000 painting contract jobs in Australia. These jobs include interiors, exteriors, private buildings, office buildings and other paint jobs. There are around 19,000 registered painters in Australia.

Now, let’s say you choose a painting niche. You specialise in painting vintage houses. There may be as little as 1,000 jobs available on this market. But, there will not be more than a couple of businesses that deal with this type of painting contract work in your area. So, the odds to be hired are on your side. Particularly if you do some research and pick a niche that is growing in popularity or trending in your working region.

Search for Strategic Allies

There are situations when painting businesses cooperate on big projects. A company gets a painting contract job that is too big for them. They approach another painting business and offer to share the project. These situations are rare and you should not wait for them to happen.

But, you can and should look for similar arrangements with other types of businesses. Reach out to companies that are in a similar industry, but not the same business. Here are some ideas:

  • Connect with other contractors – construction companies can look for painters to help them with finishing their projects.
  • Talk to rental agencies – homeowners often paint their rentals in between tenants. Tenants, on the other hand, sometimes paint their rental homes, as well. Develop relationships with local property managers and ask them to put you in touch with their clients.
  • Get in touch with interior designers – interior designers are in the perfect position to recommend good interior painters to their clients. Reach out to them and let them know you can be their go-to person. You can offer discounts to them in return or work out some other type of deal.
  • Ask around for local homeowner groups – There are different local communities in which homeowners gather. These can be unofficial groups or even local councils. Find out where they are and offer your services to them.

Boost Your Marketing Efforts

Passive ways of approaching potential customers are not effective anymore. Giving away pens and baseball hats will not get you very far. Old school leaflets in the mailbox are more likely to get you decent prospects. For best results, go for the personal approach.

Go door-to-door.

While you are working on a project, put up a sign with your contact details on the lawn. That’s just the first step. Take a couple of your leaflets and knock on the doors in the same street you are doing your project. Introduce yourself and give them a leaflet.

An even better idea is to do a quick assessment of a couple of houses in the street. Target homes in good areas that look like they would really benefit from a new coat of paint – properties that would gain a lot in market value simply from a new paintjob.

Knock on their doors and say that you have noticed their exterior paint is chipped. Give them a leaflet with your estimate about what it would cost them for you to fix it. Maybe even suggest a colour scheme. This is an excellent way to increase your chances of winning more painting contract jobs.

Work on Your Online Presence

Face-to-face marketing is efficient, but don’t forget about the Internet. Advertising online asks for investment. You can either invest your time or your money to build your internet presence. Either way, it will pay off. Here is what you need to do.

  • Make a website – this doesn’t have to be a big and complicated website. It is enough to create a website that will work as your online portfolio. Include your contact information, accreditation, before and after photos of your projects and a few testimonials.
  • Create social media accounts – you can do this for free. Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest should be your first three profiles. These social networks will allow you to raise awareness about your business and to display the photos of your work. When you get the hang of it, you can start paid campaigns.

  • Add your business to online directories – there are many business listings, both paid and free, where you can list your business. These websites serve as directories of business websites and contact information. Still, their reach is limited. There is a much better option that this.

List your business on Service Seeking. Your business will have a professional profile, ideal for your needs. You can add a couple of photos and write about your business.

The best part is – you get to send your quotes for painting contract jobs that you like. Customers post the description of their projects and the budget that they have for it. You bid only on those that you want. You are in complete control which projects you take and pass. Start today by listing your business and quoting on your first painting contract job.

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How Do I Become Certified for Painting Contract Jobs? https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/become-certified-painting-contract/ Sun, 30 Jun 2019 23:33:27 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=53729 Different states in Australia have different requirements for certifications. Most of them require some proof of good practice and one or both of these certifications. Certificate III Painting and Decorating Painting Contractor Business Management Course Some states don’t even have any process of licensing for their painters. That should not stop you from registering as […]

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Different states in Australia have different requirements for certifications. Most of them require some proof of good practice and one or both of these certifications.

Some states don’t even have any process of licensing for their painters. That should not stop you from registering as a professional painter and obtaining these certificates.

If you want to land more painting contract jobs, you should get a license. That is the trust mark that improves your chances of being hired by individuals and businesses alike. Here are the different ways you can get licensed in different states in Australia.

Certifications for Painting Contract Jobs in Sydney, NSW

Your first step towards getting licensed in New South Wales is to contact Department of Fair Trading, NSW. That’s the authority that deals with licensing for all painting contractors in all of New South Wales, Sydney included.

It’s necessary to have a licence for any painting contract jobs that are worth over $5,000. This price includes the work, materials and GST. However, if you are doing internal paintwork as a stand-alone painting contract, you don’t have to have a licence.

If you need a licence to get painting contract jobs in Sydney or anywhere else in NSW, here is what you need to do:

To get a licence or certificate to do painting, you must complete one of the qualifications listed below.

Complete:
CPC30611 / CPC30608 / BCG30603 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
or
BCG30498 Certificate Ill in General Construction (Painting & Decorating) TAFE course #8063
or
Qualification 11766 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating TAFE course #2155
or
Certificate III in Painting and Decorating, Trade TAFE course #5129

NSW Government, Fair Trading

Certifications for Painting Contract Jobs in Melbourne, VIC

If you are only doing painting contract jobs in Victoria, you don’t have to be registered. However, if you do a combination of works, registration is necessary with the Victorian Building Authority. Here is what they have to say:

Why you need to register
You must be registered with the Victorian Building Authority in Victoria to:

  • perform domestic building work that costs more than $10,000 (including labour and materials)
  • carry out re-blocking, re-stumping, demolition work or removal of a home, regardless of cost
  • provide more than one type of building work (such as plastering and painting) that costs more than $10,000 (including labour and materials).

All registered building practitioners (except companies) are issued with a Photo ID card that lists the type of work they are eligible to do. All practitioners should carry this ID card. Either of the ID cards shown below may be valid, depending on the practitioner’s date of registration.

All practitioners registered from 1 September 2016 onwards should have a VBA-branded ID card. Practitioners registered before that date will carry a Building Practitioners Board branded card until their next annual renewal date. From 1 September 2017 only VBA branded cards will be valid.

Certifications for Painting Contract Jobs in Brisbane, QLD

When looking for painting contract jobs in Brisbane or the rest of Queensland, you should be certified. Ask for the information about the certificate from the Building Services Authority, Queensland. Here is what you’ll find:

Painting and decorating

Any one of the following—

(a) successful completion of either of the following course

  • (i) an apprenticeship in painting and decorating including the unit of competency – Apply trowelled texture coat finishes CPCCSP3003A;
  • (ii) Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30611 including the unit of competency – Apply trowelled texture coat finishes CPCCSP3003A;

(b) successful completion of a course the commission considers is at least equivalent to a course mentioned in paragraph (a);
(c) a recognition certificate as a qualified painter and decorator including the unit of competency Apply trowelled texture coat finishes CPCCSP3003A;
(d) a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Painting and decorating, excluding applying cement render

Any one of the following—
(a) successful completion of either of the following courses—

  • (i) an apprenticeship in painting and decorating;
  • (ii) Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30611;

(b) successful completion of a course the commission considers is at least equivalent to a course mentioned in paragraph (a);
(c) a recognition certificate as a qualified painter and decorator;
(d) a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Technical Qualifications for Licensing

Certifications for Painting Contract Jobs in Perth, WA

The Building Services Board, WA says that a painter needs to be registered in Western Australia if they perform painting contract jobs that are worth more than $1,000. There is no certification requirement, but there are some Obligations of registered painting contractors.

The obligations listed are classified into:

  • General obligations
  • Contracting
  • Painting work
  • Signage requirements
  • Advertising requirements
  • Supervision requirements
  • Compliance audit program

While there is no certification, there are audits. In this way, Western Australia ensures the quality and standard of the painting work done by the professionals in that state. Here is what the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulations and Safety says about the audits:

A written notice of an audit will be issued to the registered painting and decorating contractor to allow adequate time to retrieve the relevant or required documents ready for the audit.

During the audit, the registered painting and decorating contractor will have an opportunity to discuss any compliance related matters.

Building and Energy officers are bound by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Code of Conduct. Any information obtained during the audit will remain confidential unless the Board or Building and Energy is required to disclose the information by law.

Inspections of painting and decorating work will also be conducted. The sites will be selected from current or recently completed work being undertaken.

Generally, an audit conducted at your office may take approximately two hours, depending on the size and nature of the business.

Certifications for Painting Contract Jobs in Adelaide, SA

Consumer and Business Services, SA issues licences for building work contractors. This is the only licence you need if you want to be a licenced painter. There is no separate licence for painters, other than this one. The same goes for decorators. Here is what the CBS says about the requirements for building work contractors:

To apply for the building work contractors licence with a painting and decorating specialisation, you must have the applicable nationally recognised qualification, which is CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. You may also apply with an RPL recognised equivalent qualification.

Consumer and Business Services, SA

A license will help you land more painting contract jobs. It will also open doors for you to participate in national tenders all over Australia. Put yourself into the shoes of your potential customers. On one side, they have a painter without a license and on the other side, they have a painter with a license.

The license tells them that the painter invested time and money to better themselves. Their work has been under the spotlight of authorities and they granted them with a license. That builds trust.

Of course, some uncertified painters will offer their services at lower prices. That should not worry you. They will only attract clients who don’t care about quality. Their only criterion is money. You don’t want to work for those people. You want clients who want to pay a reasonable price for a painting contract job well done.

List your business at Service Seeking. With a proper licence and good rating, you will be able to land the best painting contract jobs.

Potential clients list the jobs they need to be done. They describe the job and put their budget. You bid only for those painting contract jobs you really want. Upon reviewing all the bidders, the client picks the one that they like the most. List your painting business today and start building the reputation you deserve.

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How Do You Bid For Painting Contract Jobs? https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/bid-for-painting-contract-jobs/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:25:39 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=53722 These are the factors you should consider when bidding for painting contract jobs: The scope of work The necessary material Your other costs Your mark-up It’s a common misconception that the lowest bids always get the job. There are many more factors in that equation. It’s simply not as simple as that. If you offer […]

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These are the factors you should consider when bidding for painting contract jobs:

  • The scope of work
  • The necessary material
  • Your other costs
  • Your mark-up

It’s a common misconception that the lowest bids always get the job. There are many more factors in that equation. It’s simply not as simple as that. If you offer a quote that’s too low, you don’t make enough profit. On the other hand, a quote that’s too high will see you outbid by your competition.

So, how do you bid for painting contract jobs?

To earn good money doing painting contract jobs, you clearly need to ensure a substantial difference between your costs and the price you are being paid. You can achieve this either by raising your prices or by reducing your costs.

Since your costs are mostly your material, labour and the price you pay to your workers, there is generally very little wiggle room there. There’s no point working if you’re not going to get paid what you’re worth.

So, your other option is to be as precise as possible when doing your quotes. That, plus a fair mark-up are keys to a job well charged.

There are several steps to creating a good bid for painting contract jobs that will work well for you and your potential clients. Let’s cover each of them in more detail.

List all the Necessary Work for Painting Contract Jobs

To give your most precise estimate, you need to determine the scope of your work.

Firstly, you need to know whether you’re working on the exterior or the interior of a house or building. Interiors may be slightly easier to deal with, but not always.

Secondly, you need to calculate the exact surface area to be covered in paint. Don’t forget to calculate the ceilings as well. Besides the walls, you might be required to paint window trims and doors, as well. Check that and include it in your price.

You also need to confirm whether you’ll have to prepare the walls before painting. Sometimes, they only need a bit of a scrub before painting. Other times, they can be in such bad shape that you spend more time prepping them than actually painting them.

Listing all the work that needs to be done will also help you to decide whether you want to do it by yourself or whether you will hire contractors to help you. Their price also needs to be included.

List All the Necessary Material

The first item on your list – paint.

When you know what type of painting contract job you have, it’s not difficult to calculate the amount of paint you’ll need. Figure out how many coats are required. Also, account for cost variances for different types of paint and finishes.

Additionally, calculate the material that you’ll need for the preparation of the surfaces. Will you use a primer? How much? All that goes on the list.

Is it your job to paint the windows and the doors? If it is, list that paint, as well. Besides that, the choice of paint is also relevant when buying the material. If you must use rare or expensive paint, make sure you calculate a premium over the painting price as insurance.

Calculate Your Labor for the Job

If you’re an experienced painter, you can already tell how long it will take to complete any of the painting contract jobs you quote. One of the major items on the list of your expenses is labour, listed in days or in hours, although it’s easier and more transparent to use hours.

If you decide on expressing the time scope of your work in days, make sure that you sign a contract that says how many working hours one day can have and what any overtime is worth.

Decide on Your Mark-up

With all the costs figured out, you then need to decide how much profit you want on that particular project. Let’s break this down and see how it works. This is merely a rough estimate and you should always make your own calculations when you want to bid for a painting contract job:

  • Material cost: Calculate the surface area that needs to be covered and add to that the price of the paint you need. For example, you have one room that is 3m x 3m and has a ceiling that is 2.5m high. There are two windows and two doors in that room.

The usual paint coverage is 15m2. This means that you’ll need 4 litres of paint for your walls and 2 litres of paint for your ceiling. That’s 6 litres of paint right there.

  • Labour cost: Can you do this room in 8 hours? Let’s say that the average cost of painting a house is between $35 and $45 per hour. If you have helpers, add their working hour price here, as well.
  • Total cost: Add the price of material and labour and add 30% to 50% depending on your expertise, job difficulty and other factors. This is your profit. That money covers your time spent looking for work, your marketing efforts and similar expenses.

Use Software to Bid for Painting Contract Jobs

Some people take the easy way out and use purpose-built software to calculate their bid for painting contract jobs. These calculators take into consideration everything that you list as important.

This kind of technology can produce professionally looking quotes that will impress your potential clients, and there are premium products that even provide you with a demo of your painting work. If you think you absorb their cost without bringing impacting your margins too much, they’re worth the investment.

How and When to Raise Your Prices

Experience and expertise are two factors that determine price.

If you’re just beginning to bid for painting contract jobs, make sure you’re pricing is competitive. After you earn a couple of reviews, get some photos of your good work and some experience – you can raise your prices accordingly and be confident of getting the work.

If someone can choose between a newbie painter and an experienced painter who has an impressive portfolio to showcase, they will go with experience 9 times out of 10. Even if it means paying a bit more. Clients want to be sure the work is done well and if you can point to a proven track record, you’re always going to be in front.

So, you can raise your prices once you have a portfolio to speak of. Even better is a healthy collection of testimonials from happy clients. Encourage clients to leave you positive reviews online on websites like Service Seeking so you feature regularly in people’s shortlists.

Keep Your Eye on the Competition

Another particularly important factor when it comes to setting your price is your competition.

It’s simply quite difficult to command prices well above those of similar painters on the market. Which is why you should always check on the competition and maintain an awareness of market prices.

Thankfully, keeping an eye on your competition and bidding for painting contract jobs is as easy joining Service Seeking, a website that connects Australia’s best tradies with all the people who want something done.

Simply list your business on Service Seeking now and start bidding for painting contract jobs in your area. Win jobs, build your portfolio, get good reviews and make a living doing what you do best.

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How to Transform Your Garden for Outdoor Autumn Living https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/how-to-transform-your-garden-outdoor-autumn-living/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:30:24 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=53697 Autumn is here. The hot sun has finally yielded to cooler weather as trees litter their lawns with foliage. It is the season for long dinners and heartfelt conversations. Luckily, anybody can transform their garden into an inviting space full of warmth and colour, ideal for outdoor living as the days get cooler. This article […]

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Autumn is here.

The hot sun has finally yielded to cooler weather as trees litter their lawns with foliage. It is the season for long dinners and heartfelt conversations.

Luckily, anybody can transform their garden into an inviting space full of warmth and colour, ideal for outdoor living as the days get cooler. This article offers a host of suggestions with the goal of boosting your garden’s overall charm and outdoor appeal.

There are three key elements to consider when transforming your Autumn garden:

  1. Structures
  2. Plants
  3. Lighting

Build Your Structures

Being outside means facing the elements – rain, wind, sunshine, sleet or even snow. Preparing for changable weather conditions means introducing cover without forgetting to add the warmth that suits the season.

You can take the living room, patio, even the kitchen outside by building a ‘living’ wall to enclose that area. Hang planters on it filled with flowers and herbs. Not only does it create privacy from nosy neighbours, it gives you a tall boundary like that will provide shade and additional greenery to a plain deck.

Build a natural stone path in your garden. It only requires a shovel and a wheelbarrow, as well as a strong back and plenty of stone and sand. A garden path allows the homeowner to create a sense of narrative for guests to enjoy, highlighting important features and checkpoints for a richer experience.

Install a pergola, which is a covered or uncovered structure supported by posts (typically all timber construction). Over time, growing climbers will give this ancient garden structure a fair bit of shade and whimsical beauty.

Consider also a gazebo, which is typically freestanding, roofed and round in shape, and can be screened for insect protection.

Or to keep it simple, you can always go for a retractable awning, which is an extendable fabric structure that provides shade and shelter from the elements.

Going for a rugged camp-look? Build a fire pit in the yard that people can gather around and enjoy.

Create structures that encourage opportunities for barbeques, reading, relaxing and other fun outdoor activities.

Pick Your Plants

“A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant — rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance — but it is also a colour, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.”

Roberto Marx, world-renowned Brazilian landscape artist

The cool weather and warm soil makes autumn the perfect season to lay down your summer plants and edibles. Opt for citrus plants like oranges, lemons or grapefruit, suitable in most climates. All they need is sunshine and consistent feeding.

Other vegetables that thrive in this season include spinach, beetroots, onions, kale and cauliflower. Plant herbs like coriander, chives and parsley that will stock your kitchen for months. As long as homeowners plant according to their temperate zone, they are in for a delicious harvest.

Flowers are the budding stars of every garden, and the best way to offer a striking first impression. Sweet peas, Flanders, Shirleys and calendulas planted in autumn will blossom beautifully in spring.

Consider native Australian trees like bottle brush, banksia and lilly pilly. Go for the deep reds and perennials that thrive in sun and shade. Japanese anemones known as wind flowers, are the focal point of any autumn garden. So are pink ‘Queen Charlottes’ and Limelight Hydrangeas.

The leaves of the Goldmound shrub turn bright, golden yellow in the autumn, perfect as a border or wall lining.

And nothing says autumn colours like Japanese maples.

The autumn garden is all about variety. Place the flowers, trees and shrubbery at the gate, along the walls, and on the steps leading to the house for a hero’s welcome. Let the pots and planters join in the chorus of colours. The contrast of these planters and the walls in the background make the flowers even more attractive. Pop into your local nursery for some window shopping and more ideas.

Install Your Lighting

“In nature, light creates the colour. In the picture, colour creates the light.”

Hans Hoffman, renowned painter

Lighting can transform a garden into a perfect venue for social gatherings, especially in the evenings.

Beyond its practicality, proper outdoor lighting enhances everything it touches. It pulls everything together – the plants, flowers, trees, textures and overall landscape – into a perfect Insta-worthy scene.

Overhead lights can be hung on trees or pergolas to cast a warm atmosphere. Use path lights to lead guests from the entrance through desired routes, and to highlight steps and other features like decks, patio and gazebos.

String lights up on the walls and edges. Submerge water-proof lights into the water feature or pool. Consider motion sensor lights or integrating outdoor lighting for added security. There are as many light fixtures as there are places to put them, so you should think carefully about the picture you are trying to create.

Importantly, make sure that all fixtures are designed for outdoor use and the lighting complies with Australian Standard AS 4282-1997. A professional electrician should be able to advise on this and more. When the work is done, insist on a certificate of compliance.

The cost of installing outdoor lighting depends on the type and number of fixtures, among other considerations, e.g., high vs low-voltage systems.

  • Low voltage systems are cheaper and safer in the event of exposed wires in a storm.
  • On the other hand, high-voltage products designed for outdoor use last longer.

DIY vs Using Professionals: Which is Best?

Materials, products, site accessibility, scale of the project and the contractor fees all factor into overall cost. So, focusing on what you can do well – such as sourcing materials, project management, or improving site access – can save you money in the long run.

But often the actual construction, planting and installation is best left to the pros as it usually gets done quicker and is more likely to be fully compliant with any building codes or safety standards, which can also save you money in the long run.

Not to mention a lot of hard yakka.

Smart homeowners can compare several quotes in their region to get the right tradie and best value for money.

When it comes to tasks that involve construction – paving, retainingn walls, concreting – the best option is to hire a specialist. DIY is cost-effective but only to the extent of an individual’s knowledge and expertise.

Besides, another opinion often yields better results overall – in terms of both safety and aesthetic. Tradie Denis Knight, a landscaper with 25 years of experience says that ‘It’s always good to have another set of eyes on something other than just your own.’

Begin with a specific idea about the look and feel for the space, and how you’d like to use it. A professional landscaper can help you draft a site plan based on this, and work towards a garden transformation within a certain budget.

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Painting Contract Work: Best Contract Template https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/blog/painting-contract-work-best-template/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:34:04 +0000 http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/?p=53653 If you’re determined to grow your business as a painting contractor, you need to learn how to make bulletproof contracts. While this may sound like something a lawyer should be doing for you, you should learn a bit about it yourself. That can help you when you talk with a lawyer because you will know […]

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If you’re determined to grow your business as a painting contractor, you need to learn how to make bulletproof contracts. While this may sound like something a lawyer should be doing for you, you should learn a bit about it yourself.

That can help you when you talk with a lawyer because you will know what is it that you want.

First of all, let’s start with mentioning that there is a written and verbal contract. A verbal contract is what you would call “a handshake contract.” Both of these contracts are legally binding, but it is always safer to create a written contract and have a solid proof with fewer chances for misunderstandings.

Let’s start with the basics:

Things to Know Before You Sign a Contract

When you consider creating and signing a contract, you should think about your status and the form of your contract. Let’s start with the form and all the reasons why you need a written contract, rather than a verbal one:

Verbal contracts are legal, but they are risky because it is difficult to prove that they even happened. If it is absolutely impossible to sign a real written contract, make sure you have at least something in writing.

This can include messages, emails, notes, SMS or any form of communication you used with your hirer when discussing the work that needs to be done.

There are situations in which you should not agree to do any work without a written contract. Here are some of them:

  • Your hirer has some specific work in mind that requires special or unique material.
  • The cost of the job is so high it can financially hurt or even ruin your business.
  • You are not certain that the hirer has significant funds to pay for your work.
  • The contract contains details that are obligatory, such as a specific date when the work should be done.
  • There is an insurance company involved and they require a contract to be signed.
  • There is information that needs to be kept confidential.
  • There are some legal reasons why a contract is necessary.

Understand Your Status

When you perform a service, like house painting, for another business or a person, you are either a contractor or an employee. It is very important for you to know this difference because it reflects on your taxes and insurance among other things.

If you own a business, you are definitely an independent contractor. Here are a couple of things that make this distinction much clearer:

What is the difference between an employee and a contractor?
Employee
Independent contractor
Works for a business Owns his own business
Hired to continually perform certain tasks in a certain way Hired to complete a certain task or achieve a certain result
Usually works for only one employer Can be hired by several hirers at the same time
Usually cannot subcontract somebody for their work Can subcontract others to do the agreed work
All the tools and the materials needed for their work are supplied by the employer Usually provides their own tools and materials for work.
Has sick leave and holidays Doesn’t get sick leave or paid time off

That is what you need to understand before you sign a contract. Now, let’s make sure you know how to recognise a good contract. If it has all these elements, it is a contract worth signing.

What Should Be Included in a Contract Agreement?

To understand all the elements of the contract, you should also be familiar with the terminology that is used in those contracts. Let’s explain both the terms and why they are important, at the same time.

The parties – This actually means your hirer and you. The contract should list both parties and their contact information. If you are hired by a business, the contract needs to contain the business information, as well. Both parties should list their names and put their signatures on the contract

Description of the work – This is where you need to be very careful. You need to agree on all the details with your hirer, before signing the contract. Every little detail needs to be ironed out and put into writing if you want your contract to be valid.

Payment – Agree about the price of the work and list it precisely in your contract. The contract also needs to contain the details about the timing and the manner of payment.

Indemnity and responsibility – Responsibility for your work should be regulated by the contract. It should regulate fixing defective or incomplete work. Indemnity is similar, but not the same. The contract regulates indemnity when it determines how the hirer is compensated if your work actually does some damage to their property.

Variations– Sometimes, the contract can be changed during the work. Let’s say you and your hirer agreed for you to paint their house red. In two days, they changed their mind and now want you to paint it orange. This is something that should be included in the contract. Therefore, your original contract should regulate how those variations are included.

Termination– The contract should determine how it can be terminated. It should also list the consequences for the contract termination. Also, the circumstances of contract termination should be taken into consideration.

Disputes– Your contract should anticipate how disputes are to be resolved. Sometimes, the contracts even list the court that would have jurisdiction over the dispute.

Subcontracting– Sometimes, when the contract covers a large amount of painting work, you may want to hire subcontractors. In that case, your contract should regulate this, as well. Your hirer would want to have some sort of insurance that the quality of the work won’t be affected by subcontracting.

Exclusivity– In some cases, the hirer wants the contractor to work only with them until the project is over. Let’s say that you are to paint the walls of an entire building and the deadline is a bit short. Your hirer may want to sign an exclusivity agreement so that they are your only client at the time.

Restraint– Let’s say that you are a subcontractor for your client. They are a big construction company and they want you to paint the building they are working on. The contract may restrict you from working directly with the investor that is your client’s client. This restraint may last longer than the work that you do.

Insurance– This is the part of the contract that regulates the obligation of both parties in terms of the insurance.

Your safest bet is to find a lawyer to create a good painting contract template that you can use for your painting contract work over and over again. When revising it, make sure it contains all these necessary elements.

With a solid contract all set up, it is time to find some contract work to use it on. That’s when you should list your business on Service Seeking. That puts you in the same place as all those people and businesses that need some painting work done.

Additionally, your correspondence is saved and you have some proof of making the deal and your hirer accepting your bid. However, Service Seeking does not provide legal protection between the parties.

Another good thing is that Service Seeking makes it much easier for people to pay for your services. They offer several payment methods and that’s great, especially if you don’t have the means to get paid by card.

Look into Service Seeking and see what it can do for your business.

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