Contracts & variations

Once you have chosen your builder or tradie, make sure a contract is in place before building begins. The golden rule to avoiding disputes during the building process is to agree with your builder on what you want done, and to get it in writing.

If the cost of your building work exceeds $3,300, it must be covered by a written contract. However, irrespective of the value of work, we recommend entering into a written contract for all building work.

Issues that may arise during the process of signing a contract or generally through the construction process include preliminary agreementsdeposits and progress payments, variations and extensions of time. Master Builders has also developed a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to contracts that you may find useful.

At this stage and throughout the construction period, you also need to think about approvals and inspections.