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Prevention is better than cure
Whether you are building your home, renovating or an investor, Skelton Law can help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
You have taken the plunge and decided to build your own dream home or renovate your house. You have gone through the process of planning and finding the right builder for you. If you were buying a house it would be time to enlist the services of a conveyancer to ensure that the process is legally sound and secure. It shouldn’t be any different when building or renovating your own home. You want to ensure that the relationship between you and the builder doesn’t turn sour and there are no nasty legal disputes. The only way to guarantee a “dispute free” build is to solicit excellent guidance and legal advice.
This is what you need to do and know:
- Your contracts need to be reviewed to ensure they are watertight.
- You need to understand the difference between a prime cost item as opposed to a provisional sum.
- You need to know when a builder can and can’t claim for a variation.
- You need to know the contractual requirements in relation to progress payments, practical completion and final payment.
Knowledge is power. By thoroughly understanding your legal position and getting a lawyer to ensure that your contract is in your best interests, you are securing yourself a stress-free build.