When deciding to build or renovate, feeling comfortable with your builder is an important part of the process. You not only want to know that your builder has the right qualifications and experience, but you also want reassurance that they care about your project as much as you do. So here are some of the most common questions we get asked, and a little bit about how we got started.


How long has Maxa Constructions been building in Northern Queensland?

Karl Maxa began in the building trade over 25 years ago as a cabinet maker, but it wasn’t until he fell in love with Cairns local Felicity, that he considered a business of his own.

Felicity convinced him that moving back to her home region would be the best career decision he could make, and she wasn’t wrong.

Maxa Constructions was formed in 1999 and since opening, we’ve worked together to build a business that has a reputation for quality craftsmanship and professional delivery of every project.


What should I look for in a builder?

The requirements to become a builder vary from state to state. As a minimum, custom builders in Queensland need to be registered and have a licence issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. License details need to be included on all advertising – including website, social media and site signage.

You should also check to see if your builder is a member of the Housing Industry Association (HIA) or the Master Builders Queensland (MBQld). Both of these associations provide the most up to date advice and support for training, safety, compliance and insurance.

Maxa Constructions’ licence details QBCC 20162. We are also members of both the QLD Master Builders and HIA.

Exterior of renovated white Queenslander cottage

Does Maxa Constructions employ their own team or subcontract the work?

As long-time Cairns locals, Maxa understand the importance of contributing to the community. It’s why we’ve worked hard to build our teams from tradespeople who understand the region and the conditions that go with building here.

We source as many materials as possible from local suppliers and when we do engage subcontractors, it’s with those who represent our values and understand our high expectations.


What is builders home warranty insurance?

Residential work over the amount of $3,300 (including labour and materials) must have home warranty insurance.

This is paid for by the builder and forms part of your contract.

The Home Warranty insurance protects the home owner against the builder being unable to complete the works, subsidence, or if the builder fails to rectify any defective work.

To find out more go to the Qld Building Commission website.