10 tips when building or renovating your home

  1. When first consulting with your architect or draughts person regarding design, ensure that you convey what you want and how much you want to spend. This may avoid the design reaching a cost which may be well over your budget.
  2. Check with your local Council if you require a Planning Permit. If you do require one, it can take up to three months to obtain.
  3. It can take three to six weeks to obtain a Building Permit if required.
  4. If building in low lying areas check with Council that the height datum has not been changed due to rising sea levels or flooding, especially if you are extending an existing dwelling.
  5. Any work over $5000 requires a Domestic Building Contract between the owner and builder (Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995). This can only be obtained from a registered building practitioner (RBP).
  6. Any Domestic work over $12,000 requires Warranty Insurance which can only be obtained through a registered building practitioner (RBP). This is applicable whether a Building Permit is required or not.
  7. Check that your builder is a registered building practitioner at www.buildingcommission.com.au. Look in the e-toolbox for customers (you will find me there when you type in Raymond Threadwell).
  8. If building work is over $20,000, the deposit is to be no greater than 5% of the contract price.
  9. When building, a ‘standard’ payment schedule is as follows:
        Deposit – 5%
        Base stage completed – 10%
        Frame stage completed and passed by building inspector – 15%
        Lock up stage completed – 35%
        Fix out stage completed – 25%
        Completion – 10%
  10. Feel free to ask your builder for references from prior clients