Consumers warned on carbon tax cost
G.J. GARDNER Homes are joining the call for consumers to report dodgy operators incorrectly blaming the carbon tax for price rises to the ACCC.
The Australian Government's carbon tax was implemented on 1 July 2012, affecting businesses, consumers and the Australian economy.
G.J. Gardner Homes are supporting the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) guidelines, offering advice to consumers on the cost impacts of the carbon tax across the home building industry, especially the implication for new home home-buyers.
Jarrod Blamey, Managing Director of G.J. Gardner Homes, is keen to educate consumers about the tax, warning that people should scrutinise building costs and be wary of other builders who may try to increase their prices, blaming the carbon tax for their increases.
Mr Blamey said: "Builders will not pay the tax directly, however the industry will still be significantly affected by the tax, through the increased costs of materials and energy, which is expected to impact on the price of homes."
"It's important that consumers understand how prices will change and what is an accurate price increase."
The Housing Industry Association estimates that the price increase for an average new house due to the carbon tax will be in the range of 0.8 per cent to 1.7 per cent, dependent on the style, size and design of the home, material specifications, inclusions and conditions.