During construction

Once your new home or renovation is under construction, there are a few things to remember to ensure a smooth building process. Once the construction phase is complete, there are a few things you need to take care of before you move in.

The building site

Before building can commence, your contractor will need to make preliminary arrangements such as organising building approvals and the necessary subcontractors, materials and labour that are needed for the job. As soon as these preparations are made you will start to see work on the initial stages of your home construction or renovation.

Your access to the site

Once your contractor takes possession of the site, they are responsible for everything on the site. This is necessary for a number of reasons. Not only are they responsible for all the building materials and tools on the site, they must meet strict workplace health and safety requirements for anyone entering the site.

While you have the right to access the site, it must be at an agreed time. So talk to you contractor before you visit the worksite.

Communication during building

Communication is the key to a successful building project and avoiding disputes. Make sure you keep in regular contact with your contractor during construction to check progress and discuss any queries you may have or variations you would like to make.

All communication must be with your contractor only – not with subcontractors. Not only does this help to avoid unnecessary confusion, it manages everyone’s expectations. If you have a grand idea tell your contractor directly so they can organise variations, if they are required, otherwise you may be disappointed when they don’t materialise as you planned.

Deposits & progress payments

What deposit to pay and when to make progress payments also form part of the building process. You can find out more about your rights and requirements when it comes to paying deposits and progress payments.