I’ve never built before, where do I start?
Start by giving us a call, with 15 years of experience in the building industry you can trust us to give you the best advice and to guide you through the entire building process.
At what stage do I involve a builder?
Why is it important to select a Certified Builder?
Do I need a building consent?
- If you are carrying out building work you may need to apply for a building consent.
- Here are some examples of work that requires consent:
- Any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations and buildings (granny flats)
- Plumbing and drainage
- Heating (fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Siteworks for a building
- Swimming pools
- Decks more than 1 metre from ground level
If in doubt we recommend you ring your local Council and discuss your project with them.
Do I get a guarantee?
Yes you do!
The Home Builders compensation fund which is a 6-year Builders Guarantee and will cover you for:
- Loss of deposit
- Non-completion of the dwelling
- Structural defects for 6 years
- Non-structural defects for 2 years
How can I keep the building project within my budget?
We recommend entering into a full building contract which will enable you to know exactly what the cost will be and what you will get.
How do we pay for the building project?
You pay on a progress payment system as detailed in your building agreement. One advantage of a full contract is you only need to make payments to one company and payments are made at specific stages of the project. When you receive a written contract quote, we will provide you with a payment schedule and also a construction schedule so you know what to expect and when to expect it.
Can I make changes during the building project?
We welcome you to make any changes you would like to enhance your home. Any requests by yourselves incurring extra labour and/or material costs will be treated as a variation to the contract. All variations will be costed and presented to you for approval authorising the builder to carry out these changes before any such works can be started.
Will the construction site be safe?
We will always endeavour to keep our construction sites safe and clean. We have specific jobsite SWMS (Safe Work Method Statement).