They said we are welcome to appoint our own private surveyor however a further 2 weeks will be added onto the contract timeframe for every inspection they take out.
There are very real reasons why legislation was passed that prohibited Victorian builders from appointing the building surveyor.
The change to the contract as described would come under the definition of Unfair Contract Term. Check the ACCC website for details.
Using your own building surveyor as required by Victorian legislation would not add to the build time.
Have you signed a contract yet?
Thanks SaveH20. I am signing the contract tomorrow. I have gone back to them with the legistlation and politely queried why they are appointing a surveyor when it contradicts the clause in the contract. It's sad if this legislation was introduced a few years ago, yet does not really afford consumers the protection it is designed for ie. If Builders are saying there will be delays if you get your own inspections done, they must know that they can get away with this. Anyway, I will see what the response is from them. Appreciate the feedback, Cheers, Norts33