Melodrama for ratings aside, it is probable that when building a house there will be a few things that don’t quite go to plan. In addition to having a little extra stashed aside in the budget to mitigate construction issues, you may want to think ahead as to how you can foresee and minimize any problems.
Read below for a few tips that will make building your home design in Melbourne a little smoother.
Beginning at the start of the building process, it’s best to obtain at least three quotes on the same plans that you have had prepared.
If your dream home has a few quirky aspects to its design or you’re hoping to build with newer or less common materials (such as some of the more recent bio -products) you’ll probably want to get more than three quotes. The logic behind this is that you want to speak to as many people as possible in order to find a builder that will be the most experienced, and ideally affordable, contractor to deliver the type of house you want to build.
A good place to start is to ask your architect, designer or draftsperson for any recommendations they may have. As a part of this quote it’s important that your builder physically inspects the site you want to build on, if it’s got red flags such as tight access, located on a high water table etc. get in writing how they will be addressed and any additional fees that may apply.
You will also want to confirm the registrations and insurances of all the people that will be working on your build. Some people also check with Consumer Affairs as to whether they are involved in any current actions as well as seeing how long they have been in business through Australia Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
If you have no experience in building yourself, unless you gain knowledge super quickly and are confident applying it to you own build, it can be best to outsource any quality control checks that you want to undertake once the building has commenced. You might consider an independent building consultant to do this on your behalf.
Another key person to have that will assist you through the course of your build is a building lawyer. These professionals predominantly negotiate (and translate to you) the specifics of your building contract. In the event of disputes they will also assist you to mediate with your builder. Get them to also ensure that your contract includes everything for your build from materials, to fittings and appliances and, most importantly, who is responsible for obtaining all your relevant paperwork and permits.
Consumer Affairs Victoria has a wealth of check lists and how to guides surrounding this topic, so check them out online as a first port of call if you are new to construction.
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