- Voted the number 1 Consumer Protection Building Guide in 2018 & 2019 and is a must read for all consumers.
- Consumer complaints against builders is the No1 biggest area in Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs so never assume.
- Avoid the costly traps and pitfalls and save $. You will be amazed at what you do not know.
CONTENTS – 66 Pages Covers All The Following
See consumers who have saved using The New Way To Build & Save.
Greg D – saved $245,000 on 4 Townhouses – under his Architects Best Tender Price.
Mark & Tracy D – saved $65,000 – 2 storey – under all their quotes
Lance & Melissa R – saved $104,000 – 2 storey – under all their quotes
Julie C – saved $132,000 – 6 units – under a project managers best tender price.
J Ng – saved $38,000 – single storey – under all her quotes.
- Buying a block of land – never sign until you check these items
- Why you MUST own the (C) Copyright to your building plans
- How do you select Builders? The Right and Wrong Builders
- Buying a builder’s (C) Copyright design that is similar to a display home
- Buying a home off a builders salespersons brochure – UNSEEN
- Having a builder draw your plans and ideas where they own the (C) Copyright of the design.
- Are builders’ standard designs cheaper than an individual design – NO
- Why smaller when built looks bigger on the original plan sold to you
- Dimension techniques builders/designers can use – be warned
- PS – Provisional Sum items – costly traps to avoid
- PC – Prime Cost items – pitfalls to avoid
- Dealing with Designers, Drafts-man, Architects or Building Consultants – Tenders Are Old Fashioned And No Longer Work – Be warned.
- I already have my building plans drawn
- When should you sign with a builder and pay a deposit?
- What is a building broker? Avoid these and the extra costs they add.
- FIRST Home Buyers – a must read as most of you assume and get caught
- I don’t need help from anyone – I have built several times before
- Lowest Building Price is not always the BEST
- Under Construction – Home Building Inspections
- Unit Investors and Property Developers – stop being over charged
- Home Extensions/Renovations – you must check the quotes before signing
- Thinking of being an Owner Builder
- Tenders by Architects no longer work as they have no volume of work each month to negotiate. The internet has made tenders outdated.
Your Building Knowledge TEST
Question 1 What does the letters “PS” means when a builder/salesperson puts it alongside a dollar figure on your initial building quote, prior to deposit and initial preliminary sign up?
Question 2 Does the meaning of this “PS” change when it is alongside a dollar amount item or items stated in the final legally binding building contract the builder gives you to sign?
Question 3 What does the letters “PC” means when placed against an item or items within the specification items of any building quote?
Question 4 When a builder has a “PC” item and dollar amount attached to it, do all builders have the same dollar amount stated for that same item?
Question 5 You see a home advertised as 200sq/mts, you see another advertised as 190sq/mts. Which is the bigger home? Don’t be caught buying a home YOU THINK is bigger when it is actually smaller. HUGE trap HERE and you need to know how to pick this up. You are talking tens of thousands of dollars if you don’t get this right.
In this example if the 190 sq/mt home was measured using the same DIMENSION TECHNIQUE as the 200sq/mt home then the 190sq/mt home is ACTUALLY 208 sq/mts – the bigger home.
Question 6 Why when you sign your building contract are the plans in a scale 1-100 , (1 centimetre = 1 metre) yet when you get a colour brochure or look in the press new home guides or internet are the scales all different amongst all the builders and many have no scale. Get your ruler out NOW and have a look?
Question 7 Is it cheaper to build from a standard builder’s plan or to build from your own individual design which you have drawn? Don’t fall for this one.
Question 8 If you sign a builders agreement and pay a deposit, how long in days does the builder have to agree to fix the building price initially quoted before they could charge you with a price rise prior to supplying you the final building contract? Are these days equal to 7 days per week or business working days being 5 days per week?
Question 9 Are the “PS” item dollar amounts stated on the pre contract preliminary agreement or (PPA) fixed prices?
Question 10 If you engaged a designer or architect to draw your plans including all the working drawings which you requested or they suggested need to be done, WILL ALL THE BUILDERS use those detailed working drawings you JUST PAID FOR? Don’t get caught paying TWICE for this work.
Question 11 If you asked or it was suggested by your designer/architect to obtain a survey and engineers details and reports, WILL ALL THE BUILDERS use what you JUST PAID FOR? Don’t get caught paying TWICE for this work.
Question 12 What does (C) Copyright mean? Most consumers are not informed on this issue. Many consumers believe you only need to make some minor changes, or we hear often only approximately 10% changes are OK, – WRONG. You give a builder/designer/architect YOUR ideas to add to their copyright plan and they draw them for you. Who then owns
the (C) Copyright to those ideas you added? You assume you still own those ideas you gave them don’t you? However, ask a lawyer who now owns them once drawn by the builder. Want to add those same ideas to another builders/designers plan because you were not happy with the price of the previous builder? THINK AGAIN and ask a lawyer can you do
this. Infringing copyright can be very costly and builders/designers/architects have a right to protect works they complete for you when requested by you. (C) Copyright ownership gives you the ability to shop any number of builders to get your best price. When a builder owns the Copyright of the plans you have little if no power to negotiate and can end up paying top dollar. When you own the Copyright you have full control with builders having to bid hard against each other to win your business. They have no control on your buying situation.
Question 13 Garages – look in the weekend press new home guides and on the internet as some builders have a dimension on the garage size and others do not. Why is that? Have a look at a variety of builder’s brochures and plans NOW and see what you never saw before. All the room dimensions are stated but why not the garage dimensions?
Question 14 If two builders room dimensions on a design are 4.20mt x 3.8mt – are both of them exactly the same size when built? You say yes, – You are wrong! – see dimension techniques in the guide.
Question 15 Do all the builders use the same building contract?
Items that need to be addressed.
16 -27 You could be charged a FEE by any builder some 8 weeks after paying a deposit and receiving your building contract for signing any or all of the following items which were NEVER MENTIONED or DISCUSSED when you PAID your initial deposit to the builder.
This will depend on who supplied you your initial quote price.
Question 16 What does “piling” mean?
Question 17 What does “headworks” mean?
Question 18 What does “timber set” mean?
Question 19 What is an easement? – If so what is the name of works you may be required to do to build into that easement?
Question 20 What does materials handling mean?
Question 21 What does site access mean?
Question 22 What does site set out mean?
Question 23 What does a re-peg mean?
Question 24 What does Sub Soil Drains mean?
Question 25 What does Wind Rating mean?
Question 26 What does Concrete Pump mean and why?
Question 27 What does Dome fee mean?
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