Re: New Home Owner Experience - not good81
Jul 04, 2006 2:26 pm
Just my 2 bobs worth on this subject. Being involved in the insustry as a plasterboard seller and contracting for 30 years. I find the biggest problem with the industry is mistrust.
If a builder feels the client is being to "nosey" or being very pickky etc or showing doubt. the builder is imediatly defensive. Now uncertain of their clienst motives and if they will get paid or end up in dispute. They take protective steps adding fuel to the clients concerns and bingo you have a dispute.
This works both ways. I have seen Builders and Clients get hardend attitudes over the years. This is also partially due to the information availale to people these days. We can normally tell if a client has the potential to be difficult and will avoid them.
The answer I think for Clients and Builders is to feel comfrotable with each other from the outset and have some guidlines on how to deal with issues that arise.
If you have any doubt at all don't do the deal.
Cheers Rod Dyson Plaster Brokers
Quality + Reliability
Plasterboard, Insulation, fibre cement products.
Re: New Home Owner Experience - not good83
Sep 19, 2006 8:39 am
Interesting thread, thanks for digging it up burned.
I'd like to address a couple of things that you posted, however.
Consumers do not know what they sign up for when entering a building contract.
It is the responsibility of both the builder and the consumer to seek independent legal advice so that they DO understand what they sign up for.
Refusing to pay a progress payment takes you straight to court.
Only if you are in breach of the contract, ie. if the work as stated in the progress claim schedule is practically complete for that claim stage.
You have no effective insurance either.
It depends on how you define 'effective'. You effectively have insurance if:
1. Your builder becomes insolvent.
2. Your builder dies, or is otherwise physically unable to complete the works.
3. There is a major structural defect in the works.
But I agree that the current insurance system is inadequate.
My advice - buy a completed house and don't sign a building contact.
Now there's a much bigger can of worms.
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