“We’ve got a contract with our designer. We should have a contract with our builder too…right?”
Yes you’re right.
Your home is one of your biggest investments. A written contract makes sure you’re legally protected and clearly outlines what you’re paying for. This should be agreed and signed before work starts.
This video tells you:
- What a contract covers - What other protection measures you can ask for
Okay let’s get started with your contract.
It’s a good idea to always have a contract, but if your building project is going to cost $30,000 or more, you must have a contract. It’s the law.
Most contractors will have a standard contract they use – our website gives you helpful advice about what to look for in these. If you’re in any doubt, have a lawyer take a look before signing it.
A good contract will cover:
- What you’re going to get – including the materials used, quality standards, and start and finish dates. - The cost, what you need to pay and when. And what happens if unexpected costs crop up. - What you need to do as the homeowner; and what your contractor needs to do.
For work costing $30,000 or more, or if you ask for it, your contractor must also give you:
A disclosure statement. This is information about their skills, qualifications, license and the insurance or guarantees they provide. A checklist. This outlines the stages of the build and how you can protect yourself at each of these stages.
Bottom line – your home is one of your biggest investments, so you want to protect it and yourself with a contract ... right?
So, to Build it Right:
1. Always get a contract 2. Ask for a disclosure statement and checklist 3. Get legal advice before signing.
This information is published by the Your home’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people:
with compliance with the Building Act, it is published under section 175 of the Building Act
with a Weathertight Services claim, it is published under section 12 of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006.
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