New to the forum, got a couple of questions if you can answer (just hope that I am phrasing it correctly):
Have a house to be demolition to build new, I would have the relevant house plans for submission to council. Three quotes came back with the usual ‘allowance’ clause - $16k for footing for both and one at $21k – to build a 200m2 house – 175m2 living.
1) Will it be better that I get quotes from the demolition companies by myself and submit to councils or get a builder to organise this? Potential savings on any ‘add-on’ fees by the builder.
2) Footings - getting a soil tests and levels done and providing it to the builder before paying them the deposit or just leave it to the builder after we sign the contract? Potential of not being ‘ripped off’ – heard stories from people who signed contractors who quotes $X amount on footings and then after soil test, footings came back at $Y amounts – totally blow their budget.
3) What is class as Standard footings? One builder had this: 450 x 200, x n16 top and bottom to Engineer’s specification, another quoted based on ‘S’ Class.