13 things to check before you start building

When building a new home or undertaking a home renovation it is important to get a reliable builder for the project, and to undertake some due care and diligence at the start, to ensure things go as smoothly as possible during the build. 

Building is a fantastic way to get the home that you want but there are many elements to getting that dream home that are not just about choosing paint colours and tiles for the house.  The legal side is just as important to get right in what can be the most expensive purchase we ever make.

Your job is to ensure that you choose the builder who can deliver what is promised, and is on your side. Having a checklist to identify these tricky areas will help you to make a good choice.  

always check building contracts and licenses

You can see our license details and our guarantee on the website.

Here are some items that you can verify at the start of your project to help you achieve a good result for your home building works.

Has the Building Professional/Building Company or Licensed Contractor shown me their current NSW Fair Trading License?

  1. Has the License shown to me on arrival the actual license for the Building Professional/Building Company or Licensed contractor?
  1. Have I taken a note of this name and number & expiration date of the license?
  1. Do I know how long the Licensed Building Professional, Licensed Contractor or Building Company has been in business?
  1. Has this License a number, which I have checked with Fair Trading, either on line (www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au) or by phone (133220), to see if any actions are or have been taken by Fair Trading of this Licensed Building Professional, Licensed contractor of Building Company?
  1. Does the License have restrictions on it?
     
  2. Does my Residential project exceed $20K? If so, remember, a Licensed Building Professional, Licensed Contractor or Building Company must have. Home Building Compensation Fund insurance.

All contractors must be insured.

A project over $5K for residential work must have a contractor that is licensed to perform the work.

  1. If I engage a Licensed Building Professional, Licensed Contractor or Building Company, then that License, to be eligible for Home Building Compensation Fund insurance, should have no restrictions on it.
  1. If the Licensed Building Professional, Building Company or Licensed Contractor is not eligible for Home Building Compensation Fund insurance, the License should state, “Not Eligible for works requiring Home Building Compensation Fund”.
  1. The law states that any residential building works over $20K must have Home Building Compensation Fund insurance.
  1. Have I received professional service, such as a typed quotation followed by a lawful contract, outlining conditions and Guarantee/Warranty?
  1. Does the Licensed Building Professional, Building Company or Licensed Contractor have their current O.H&S Card (Workplace Health and Safety)?  This is binding by law from 1 September 2003, and have they shown me a current O H & S card for proof?
  1. Have I seen their current Insurance Certificates?
  1. When comparing quotation/s for my building project/s, have I taken each quotation/s into consideration and that each quotation/s issued has exactly the same requirements stated and asked for by me.  

Allowances for prime cost items must also be taken into consideration with regards to the final price.  

You may be reluctant to ask to sight proper and current documentation from the builder. Remember it is your right and your responsibility to know that you are dealing with a reputable company or licensed contractor. Correct paperwork is a good indication of the building company and or contractor of their attention to detail. 

Building or renovating a home is exciting! Good planning will make it more satisfactory and a pleasant time too. 

If you would like more information or a quotation on your building project please call us on 1300 36 38 36 or email brian@buildingworksaust.com.au to arrange an in-home consultation. 

 

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