A lot of people people misunderstand how Australian Standards apply to Contracts so here is a quick guide.
All Australian Standards (AS) are published by Standards Australia. which is a non-government organisation.
It’s role is to meet Australia’s need for relevant standards for quality in goods and services that are also consistent with [read more...]
It can seem like an age since you paid the initial deposit for your new house.
You have spent ages going through everything at Selection.
Surely you can just sign the contract and get started?………….That’s what the builder wants,………… but in my opinion you shouldn’t rush this step.
Time To Examine Contract
Most people [read more...]
When you look at some of the prices that builders charge for things it makes you wonder if you can get things cheaper by employing your own tradies during the build.
Examples are things like:
Refrigerated air conditioning. Extra lighting. High end bathroom fixtures.
Unfortunately its not always that simple. Some builder will allow you [read more...]
All Weather Access
You will notice in the contract documents a clause relating to All Weather Access. This normally requires the Landowner to provide all weather access to the site.
In other words a hard access from the nearest road to the site of your house wide enough to take a delivery truck. Typically this [read more...]
Under the terms of your Building Contract you will be required to grant the builder ‘Exclusive Possession’ of the site once the builder is ready to start.
This means that the builder is responsible for, and is able to control, all people coming onto the site during the construction period.
The reasons for this [read more...]
In your house building contract it will quote a Building Period. This starts when the contractor actually starts work (Site Clearance)
The period will be in days. (Calendar days not working days)
The time should allow for any expected loss of productivity due to:
None working days including Weekends. Public Holidays. Rostered Days Off. Christmas [read more...]
The most important document you sign is the ‘New Home Contract’. This document describes the house to be constructed and provides remedies to deal with any defaults by the builder or the house owner. The more you understand the contents of this document the better you can sleep at night.
This post will briefly describe [read more...]
There is the opportunity in the standard new house building contracts to be compensated if the building takes longer than the agreed Contract Period. This is called ‘Liquidated Damages’.
The basis of the ‘Damages’ that the builder is likely to be subject to are typically a week’s rent for each week the contract is delayed.