Finding builders is simple these days – you have CanYa 😉, Google and the entire internet. The problem is, how do you know if you have a good builder or a GREAT builder? Turns out that there are some common characteristics that all great builders share.
Licensing and insurance
Licensing is a very good place to start. Certain trades (usually the safety critical ones) require mandatory licensing to be able to work. Think plumbers, electricians, builders etc.
Having adequate insurance is another sign of a great builder. They need to be appropriately covered to protect themselves, you and your project. Make sure you check that your builder is licensed and insured before you hire them.
The main gripe with hiring builders that you don’t know is the tendency to quote low but ultimately charge high. The reason for this is simple, people are mainly price sensitive when looking online because it is traditionally quite hard to measure a builders quality. The builder gets his (or her) foot in the door with a low quote and then adds on all the extras that weren’t in the original quote but are essential to getting a good result.
Look for a builder that gives you a detailed, reasonable and written quote.
It is important to remember that this person is working for you. With this comes an expectation of professionalism. They should be open, honest, approachable and reasonable. Any deposits they require should be checked against State or Territory guidelines and given with plenty of notice.
This is a very important aspect of the process that is routinely done poorly. You must have everything detailed in a very clear written contract (depending on the job size) and you need to have discussed expectations, timelines, limitations, budget etc. A great builder will give you the time to read, changeandamend the contractto accurately reflect your expectations.
It is actually quite hard to find honest and candid references and referrals because it is usually the builder that provides them. What you need to do is find a platform like CanYa that lists all previous reviews (by score and written comments) to ensure that your builder is great quality.
Example of a great builder
B. P. Building Services PTY LTD in Darwin (Australia) is CanYa’s Provider Of The Week and a perfect example of a GREAT builder. Brett is skilled in ceilings, roofing, flooring, bulkheads, cladding and framing, renovations, bathroom/kitchen fit outs and much more. Check out some of their handy work below:
By now you know what CanYa is, how you can use it and why it’s the bomb! So how about meeting some of the people who have helped bring CanYa to life.
Hello my name is….
Which state do you live in: New South Wales
What do you do at CanYa? I am the Chief of Operations (COO). On top of the standard duties that come with the COO title, I coordinate the various teams (including our blog, Facebook/Social Media teams and customer service teams).
Fun CanYa fact: I have been working with CanYa for over a year, and still haven’t met (face-to-face) many of the people I work with on a daily basis. As a tech company, we are always working together collaboratively in our virtual workplace through various channels (email, FaceTime, WhatsApp etc). I see this as a huge testament to the people behind CanYa, as we’re all striving together for the same thing (the best app for our customers), from all corners of Australia.
Which state do you live in: New South Wales
What do you do at CanYa? Chief Marketing Officer. I head up our awesome marketing team to help as many people find out about CanYa. I’m also responsible for the strategic guidance of our national marketing strategy.
Fun CanYa story: I absolutely love that we have have a crocodile handler in Darwin. It’s so Australian – which is what CanYa is all about. We love that we can connect providers of all shapes, sizes and expertise to their customers.
Where in the world are you from? The Nation’s Capital (ACT)
What do you do at CanYa? I manage the CanYa website and all technical things related to our web presence. I also like to give my 5 cents worth on our strategy (whether wanted or not!).
Fun CanYa story: This may sound biased, but every time someone I know uses they app, they say something along the lines of: ‘Dude – this is awesome. How come you guys didn’t come up with this sooner?’ Which I have to say is a pretty great reaction!
Which state do you live in: The Wild-Wild West (Western Australia).
What do you do at CanYa? I work on our Instagram account (if you’re a provider reading this feel free send me message with pictures of your completed tasks for a feature!). I also coordinate our ‘Provider of the week’ program, which highlights our awesome providers.
What state do you live in? South Australia (currently in Florida).
What do you do at CanYa? I am CanYa’s Regional Manager. I’m in charge of coming up with ideas, managing events (i.e. our Adelaide launch party – woo! ), and promoting the app in Adelaide.
How do you the CanYa app? Lucky for me, CanYa has launched and is now well established in Adelaide. I have used the app to book cleaners, photographers and even managed to arrange for my computer to be fixed on a Sunday (which would otherwise be virtually impossible!).
Fun CanYa story: I always have a great experience meeting our providers, but one particular experience stands out for me. As part of our Adelaide launch, we invited our first signed up providers to come along to our launch party. I met Matt, a recently migrated man from Iran, who had signed up to CanYa within the first few weeks of arriving in Australia. Since then, he had been booked for a handful of jobs. I think this is a perfect example of how CanYa can help an individual with a skill find work independently.
Air-conditioners are a must have in Australian summers, but what about winter? Getting to understand the basics of your air-conditioner will help answer this question.
A detailed account of air-conditioning can be found at this helpful link. If you are like me and fell asleep in the first paragraph of the explanation, I will break it down even more.
Basically, an air-con transfers heat from one area to another area (this is usually transferring heat from the inside of your house to the outside).
The transferring of heat is accomplished through some very handy chemical reactions and thermodynamics (let’s refer to this as ‘magic‘). Just imagine:
Hot air goes in
Cold air comes out (and even hotter air is vented elsewhere).
Ok, the basics of the traditional air-con makes a bit more sense, but what about using an air-conditioner to make a room warm? This is the biggest misconception with air-conditioners, they can and should be used this winter to keep your house warm. The basics are the same, just think of it as the air-con trying to cool the world and therefore venting the warm air into your house.
The air-con that you grew up with and imagine propped up in your window is a thing of the past. Now-a-days you can expect either split or ducted air-conditioning.
The split air-conditioner is the most common type of air-con in Australia. Basically you expect to see this nice and neat air-con on the wall:
This is the part of the system the takes the hot air in and blows the cold air out. The ‘magic‘ occurs outside where you don’t see or hear it.
Ducted air-conditioning is similar to a split system, in that the ‘magic‘ part of the process occurs outside the house. The main difference is that the ‘conditioned air‘ is pumped through the entire house and vented into all of the rooms. Some more detailed explanation on ducted air-conditioners can be found here.
You have probably also heard of ‘reverse cycle‘ air-conditioning; this is basically the option to reverse the process to warm the house in winter.
Getting either system installed is definitely a job for the professionals. If you are a weekend-warrior, please stop here and find a professional air-conditioner installer! You need to ensure that you get a properly trained, licensed and insured air-conditioning installer.
You might be capable of installing your own air-conditioner but it is not actually legal for you to do it! You need a professional that is appropriately qualified, licensed and insured. But put the legal stuff aside, it is way easier for them to do it AND you will get a better product.
Maintenance and Repair
The main draw-back to relying solely on your reverse cycle air-conditioner in winter is the energy bills. There is no real way to get around this except for using your air-con sparingly and in collaboration with your more energy efficient heating devices.
The silver lining of your air-conditioner not being used as heavily in winter is the opportunity to clean it!
“Why would I clean my air-conditioner? It seems clean enough.”
The disgusting truth is, you need to clean your air-conditioner! Don’t believe me?
This level of mould and grime is not healthy for you or your family, so make sure you get it cleaned!
How to Find Good Help
Fair to say that you now understand (or have been shocked into submission) that you NEED to get your air-conditioner maintained today! The process of find a qualified, trusted, verified, licensed and insured air-conditioning technician is daunting. Thankfully CanYa – Australia’s best way to hire local service providers, makes it super easy for you to get the help you need.
For those in the CanYa Community that live in Darwin, you should check out our CanYa Provider of the Week; AE Solutions NT. Josh will be able to help you out with all of your air-conditioning needs (and much more). Check him out today!
Time flies by unnoticed. Finding a new style is always fun.. Especially when flicking through old albums!
After spending some amount of time in a “spinny” chair you can look like a completely new person. Startle friends and family, impress crushes or look “fresh” for the special one at home.
Try something different – gel, wax, colours.. Anything!… Bowlcuts?
Sometimes you would never imagine a certain look suiting you, or others for that matter. Life is worth living, roll the dice and put in some product, get that fade or the short bob haircut you always fancied getting.
Please can these come back in style.
Don’t be afraid if things are a little jarring at first, time heals all wounds.
Don’t be afraid to take some advice from your lovely hairdresser, he or she will be the most qualified person in the room (ha!) and will “probably” give the best advice if you are unsure yourself. Helpful hint: take some friends to help you achieve your fresh “doo”.
Haircuts can be the icing on the cake after a makeover!
After a day of shopping with the girls, or mum, it maybe a good way to finish a new wardrobe collection. Even if you have simply been hitting the pavement or gym more, losing and gaining weight, it can be a final marker in your new chapter!
Or just get one because you are looking scruffy!
Regardless of your reasons, CanYa is the ultimate review platform to ensure good hairdressers are easy to find!
The sharing economy, collaborative consumption, the peer economy whatever you want to call it there has been a tectonic shift in consumer behaviour over the past decade. What does this shift rely on?
Simple, it’s trust.
Trust was once established via imposing marble buildings and indecipherable legal jargon. Now it is given to the people via crisp user interfaces and mutual reviewed profile views. The guys at AirBnB knew this despite being rejected over and over again by scoffing investors all asking the same question “how are you going to get people to trust random strangers to rent their houses for a weekend?”.
Well, a great user experience, fantastically presented properties and a peer reviewed rating system has lead to millions of people all over the world doing exactly that (and a $30bn valuation!).
This concept is at the heart of everything that we do at CanYa. We provide a seamless experience to book local service providers; a process made a whole lot better when you have complete trust in the provider prior to the job starting.
We have completely flipped the premise adopted by other legacy service booking platforms.
So what is the alternative to sending a job request out into the ether and receiving quotes from random providers at all hours of the day? CanYa empowers the user to browse the full range of local service providers in any given category before choosing the provider that best meets their requirements. This is a completely novel way of framing the booking process, yet, it is by far the most natural way for it to occur.
The user can view a highly detailed provider profile that lists:
A full history of reviews from previous bookings
CanYa’s booking cycle and profile interface have helped our users book providers with confidence that is un-matched in today’s market place. This has lead to some very interesting results when the app was released to the public.
Babysitters, Trust and CanYa
One of the interesting developments was the surprising popularity of the babysitter category. This category was one of the original 90 categories made available for CanYa’s launch. We’ll admit now that the CanYa Team were dubious as to whether this category would work.
Could someone really trust a complete stranger, booked through a brand new app, to look after their children?
If they did it would be the ultimate validation of our booking process and provider profiles.
Low and behold, when we had our soft launch in Darwin during December 2016, babysitters quickly became one of our most popular casual provider categories. In fact, within a month we had around twenty babysitters and a large volume of bookings.
The flipped booking flow and information rich profiles were working way better than we had anticipated. It was a good sign, if we could get users to trust our providers with their children than things were looking good for our other service categories!
CanYa has just launched in Adelaide and, again, babysitters have proven to be one of our most popular categories. So much so that CanYa recently ran a very successful competition giving out in-app credit so the winner could book a babysitter on Valentine’s day.
Another great feature of CanYa is our free in-app messaging and calling functions. Once parents have chosen the babysitter we have found that they also message and/or call the provider within CanYa as a final check before booking. These simple yet effective features all help to create the necessary level of comfort in a complete stranger such that you can trust them enough to look after your children.
CanYa is still in its infancy, we have a long way to go as an app and as a company. Having said that, the popularity of babysitters in CanYa is indicative of a much bigger point; trust is key and, in this regard, our formula works!
Interested in checking out why people trust CanYa so much?
Do you sometimes find yourself looking through your old photos? You’re not alone. There’s nothing better than to relive those special moments, often spent with family and friends. It’s not always easy to capture these moments ourselves, so why not invest in a CanYa photographer for your next event?
Xavier Thorbjornsen is one of CanYa’s most experienced, highly rated and longest serving providers. Better yet, he’s a photographer who not only prides himself on his quality service, but on his reasonable price point, so you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for cherished photos.
“My service is special because I’m able to provide photos that have the same quality or better as a wedding photographer – but for half the price.”
And he has the reviews to back it up, with 5-star ratings across the board.
Danis Marah: “Highly recommend this guy. He did exactly as he said he would, within the stated time frame. Excellent” – 5 stars
Marcel Brewster: “Great job, easy to talk to and good quality work” – 5 stars