The truth is that nobody wins in building disputes …
That’s why you need to know how to avoid building disputes before you even start your project.
Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or adding an extension, you expect things to go smoothly.
Unfortunately, not all building projects are completed without issues. Property disputes can become ugly and lead to litigation.
And everybody loses when it comes to the costs of resolving the dispute!
Top tips to reduce the likelihood of a building dispute
Disputes are inconvenient, stressful and a financial burden to both contractors and homeowners.
So here’s what you want to do:
- Be thorough with the contract arrangements. Your contract should contain specific details of the following:
- Contractor’s scope of work and limits.
- Price breakdown of materials and payment of professional fees including when and how payments are made.
- Time clause which includes the estimated date of completion or arrangements if there are variations or extensions needed.
- Choose the right builder or contractor.
- Make sure you a hire a reputable contractor who has been personally referred by friends and family.
- Check that your contractor has the appropriate licences and insurances.
- Have clear, thorough communication with your contractor.
- Don’t hesitate to ask your contractor questions if you are not familiar with aspects of the work.
- Set proper expectations and make sure you can always reach your builder and ask for regular updates.
- Educate yourself.
- You can familiarise yourself with building processes and practices so you have a general understanding of the flow of activities.
- Equip yourself with information by reading articles or seeking an expert’s advice.
Advantages of getting expert advice before starting your building project
Many homeowners don’t fully appreciate the importance of consulting an expert before contracting a builder.
That’s why before you enter a contractual agreement, you want to be guided through the process to avoid being taken advantage of by unreputable builders.