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20 d20 dSJT76SJT76 posted:
Should a building contract be checked by lawyers?

A review may not result in significant changes to protect you better, but it can still be worthwhile. You need to understand your contract, and how to act to…

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1 month1 monthSJT76SJT76 posted:
Custom Build, The Best Pic - 14/2/2024

We have ceiling-mounted sheers with a cornice. They can do this where the sheers do not need to track all the way to the side wall. If they need to…

1 month1 monthSJT76SJT76 posted:
Builder Terminating Building Contract

Speak to a lawyer

1 month1 monthSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

Hi jamassav.
The defects vary by stage. I would say the main things were:

- Slab: gaps in the formwork leading to areas…

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2 months2 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

So, been a busy period. We moved in to our new place on 21 December, and love it. Since I'm bad at taking photos of houses, here are some that…

3 months3 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Building a flame zone house in West Pymble on a steep site

Really happy for you - you deserve every success that you achieve.
Appreciate your support throughout my build, and if you ever start building in Melbourne, let me know and I'll…

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3 months3 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

We drove past your place the other night on the way home from Rowville. It looks great!

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3 months3 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
anchoring to ceiling

If I learned anything on this forum, it's that you should own the plans and get three quotes

3 months3 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

Stairs = $3k extra; balustrades (including around void) = $9k extra

3 months3 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

We are on the home stretch now (finally - it's already overdue). We did a PCI walkthrough today. The house was not fully ready, but the builder wanted…

3 months3 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
HIA Contract Clause 16.2 Delays to Carrying Out the Works Af

Excellent post ponzutwo, and especially impressed by your use of "no take backsies" in legal argument!

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4 months4 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Key Handover

Your house should come in "as new" condition. It should be clean, and without stains

4 months4 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Contract Works Insurance - Why your builder should have it

Glad you have insurance, but that must be stressful for the poor client. Hope the cleanup goes well and you get it back on track

5 months5 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

Hi,
The difference you're seeing between TA and Semore is larger than what we saw, but there certainly was a decent difference. Keep in mind that our pricing is essentially pre-COVID,…

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5 months5 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Advice on insulation batts

Replace them

5 months5 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

Price is in the OP, size is in the thread title.

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6 months6 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Landscape construction drawings and process

Yes, they can provide construction drawings.
Yes, you may need to involve an engineer - eg, if you have retaining walls above a certain height, extensive decking, or other structural elements.
Sorry,…

7 months7 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Building Design Certificate Non-Compliance

From a pure legal perspective, if you've signed the variation, it is a very high bar to have it set aside. No-one can give you legal advice on a…

7 months7 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Building Design Certificate Non-Compliance

No, once signed, it's binding.
In any case, if they're doing the work, why not pay them for it? Our builder also "stuffed up" and didn't realise we needed a…

7 months7 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

Hi,
We are between lock-up and fixing stages at the moment. From my perspective, things on the outside of the house (particularly cladding) moved slowly, but there has been a…

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7 months7 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
My builder made the wrong height door, what should I do next

You need to start with reading it. My contract is the Master Builders Victoria contract, but it has a clause called "discrepancies and ambiguities". This sets out the…

7 months7 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Builder suspended works, demanding variations, cost increase

Only advice I can offer is to document everything. Every call you make, even if unanswered, every discussion you have, write down notes either during or immediately afterwards, and…

7 months7 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Electrical

I'll get it done for half that :)

8 months8 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Semi-custom 48sq build with Semore Homes (SE Melbourne)

PM sent Katzie. FYI, we have just reached lock-up.

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8 months8 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Prewiring a House for Data, CCTV, and Future-Proofing

At the very least, make sure your electrical switchboard is large enough to handle the future solar system. I'd also run a conduit as suggested.

9 months9 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
HIA HOME CONTRACT

You can try: the concept of both these provisions is to give a genuine pre-estimate of the loss either party would suffer - how much does it cost them if…

9 months9 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Building with Metricon – Vantage 44 + Granny - in West Penna

One around the corner from me in SE Melbourne is very slow. They've done half of the downstairs cladding and electrical rough-in, which is where they were at maybe…

11 months11 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Trade quotes in Builder's variation

I didn't realise that Jahani was a lawyer.
"As part of that process, we're investigating whether there is an ability to allow customers access to their plans ... and as soon…

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11 months11 monthsSJT76SJT76 posted:
Porter Davis

It does, but I think it comes from this: https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/asset ... -Order.pdf
I know my Master Builders Victoria contract covers this in clause 5 as well.

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