Whether you’re renovating the entire house, updating your kitchen or adding an outdoor alfresco, here are three things you may want to do before you get started.
Get into the details
Your project may seem quick and easy, but before you get started, make sure you’ve gone through the details:
Find the right builder
One of the best ways to find a builder you can trust is to ask friends or family for recommendations, then check for customer reviews online.
If you’re not sure the builder is the right one for your job, ask questions, for example:
Review the building contract
Always make sure you understand and are comfortable with the building contract provided by your builder before you proceed with the project. You may even want to have a lawyer look it over, to make sure it is clear and covers what you need. For example, make sure your contract does not contain a section on “waiving your right to subrogation.” If the builder is negligent, and you had signed a waiver like this, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re unable to recover your losses from a third party if there is a lawsuit.
Here’s some basic suggestions on what a contract should include at a minimum:
Your legal representative should be able to provide you with specialised advice relating to your building contract.
Finally, before commencing any works to your home, advise your broker and/or insurance company as policy conditions may apply.
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