Owner Builders in 2019
It is always an interesting year for business when there is a Federal Election.
Unlike almost any other event, a Federal election has the effect of putting the brakes on the economy and particularly building activities.
We have noticed a real slow down in owner builder courses being completed, and talking to some of our competitors, we are not alone.
There has been a general easing of the housing market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, with even Brisbane coming off by about 4 to 5 %.
However, we all know what happens, whoever gets in, the building and housing industries will fire up again, but we are not expecting it to be with the same level of activity as seen in 2017/18.
There have also been some changes in the course requirements, not specifically owner builder course, but certainly for the White Card or General Safety Induction Training. No longer can this training be completed online.
Whilst we believe we offered a good course that provided real skills and knowledge, we understand the reasoning beyond the move and of course have now removed our online offering from our website.
Interestingly, most things go in cycles, and we are seeing an increase in the number of owner builder students wanting to complete the course face to face. The online course is absolutely complete and full of great information and activities that have been successfully preparing our owner builder students to complete their projects for over 20 years.
The face to face course does offer advantages.
One on one training provides the opportunity to ask questions and resolve issues on the spot. Further, we encourage our students to bring in their plans and have them reviewed by our qualified building staff.
As well, we find it is a great way to introduce our owner builder students to the many resources we have tailored to owner builder specifically.
It is a little more expensive, but more and more of our students are letting us know the cost is worth it.
Our training facility in Ormeau, is conveniently located on the Gold Coast corridor smack bang in between Brisbane and Surfers Paradise and is easily accessible just off the M1.
We are offering the face to face course by appointment and on scheduled Saturdays.
Contact us for more information and course costs.
Happy Owner Building,
Rick Heaton is a Building and Construction Industry professional with formal tertiary qualifications in management and training.