Can anyone recommend a good building lawyer (in VIC) to read our building contract? Need some peace of mind.
Re: Building Lawyer2
Oct 28, 2017 10:15 pm
Most building contracts in Victoria will be either HIA, or Master Builders, Standard Contracts.
You will find that the builders will be unlikely to accept any significant changes.
The area of the contract which generates most problems are
A building professional will be able to better advise you about things like this than a lawyer.
See: Do you need a lawyer?
The Harder You Try - the Luckier You Get !
Informative, Amusing, and Opinionated Blog - Over 600 posts on all aspects of building a new house.
Re: Building Lawyer5
Oct 29, 2017 9:23 pm
A good industry professional will know what to look for.
The link below may interest you.
Thank you! A very useful link. We re-read and checked our specs many times and it all looks ok except for a couple of small errors in drawings. Fingers crossed. We've just been sent our contract on Fri afternoon and have contract appointment tomorrow. Which is a very tight squeeze and a bit concerning. The week end spend on checking and double checking.
Re: Building Lawyer6
Oct 29, 2017 10:29 pm
Good luck with it all...you have obviously paid due diligence to the 3 Ps. I found a double charge of $9,800 on part of a forum member's hydraulic assessment once.
You are in Victoria, if you are not on recycled water and are having solar HWS to satisfy the 6 star regulation, just be aware that many people are given cheap units that are not frost proof. Many are also undersized, the manufacturers make recommendations for different regions but builders are not required to follow those recommendations. Numerous new home buyers have been caught out and some well known builders are cost cutting recidivists.
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbo ... x3dfd.html
If you are having a water tank as the option for the 6 star standard, you will save a lot of money by not having the usual expensive RainBank, the Acquasaver valve uses no power, operates automatically by hydraulic pressure, is much cheaper and also bullet proof.
Most pumps specified are also too big...a waste of money and power.
Make absolutely sure of your slab height, you would be surprised to know how many houses are built with slabs that are lower than specified.