Tradies ready for flood of repairs
IPSWICH tradesmen are preparing for a building boom, with large numbers of quotes being carried out as flood-affected residents begin to settle insurance claims.
Carpenters, plasterers, electricians and tilers will all be in high demand over the coming months when the rebuilding phase gets into full swing.
Tredmac Building and Carpentry Services co-director Michael Stephenson said his company was looking to double the number of builders and labourers it employed in order to cover for increased demand through flood.
“We’re starting to quote a lot of houses that were flooded, so the work will come very soon,” Mr Stephenson said.
“We will be fairly busy and we’ll have to put on more staff – potentially 15 carpenters and labourers compared to the seven or so we usually have.”
Among the flood work Tredmac will be involved with is the rebuilding of the Bremer Waters retirement village on Moores Pocket Road – which was badly inundated last month.
Work was expected to start there in four to six weeks.
Despite expectations that flood recovery work could last for more than 12 months, Mr Stephenson said clients with non-flood-related work would not be forgotten.
“Flood damage jobs are not necessarily a priority and normal jobs will keep going all the while,” he said.
Ipswich plasterer Paul McKendrick said the company he contracted for had just completed quotes for more than 30 flood-affected homes, but he was still working on new houses that would have to be finished before any flood work began.
“People are still waiting for the money to come through from insurers before they can go ahead with the repairs,” Mr McKendrick said.
Mr Stephenson said one of his concerns was how long insurance companies would take to act on flood claims.
“We’ve heard horror stories of people having to wait between six and nine months,” he said.
“We’re not worried about getting paid, but there will be some angst from the clients’ point of view.”
Despite talk of possible price rises of up to four per cent for construction costs, marked increases have not yet been reported.