$1.7m apartment deemed unliveable, owner takes construction firm to court
The media is filled with stories like this one in the ABC News where owners are left out of pocket and sometimes even without a home because of shoddy construction work. What a nightmare to pay $1.7 million for a new apartment that you can't live in.
Of course not every new home build or renovation project ends like this. There are many reputable builders that deliver quality building projects on time and with minimal fuss. There are many happy home owners who are satisfied with their new home.
How can you ensure that your new home building project is a success? Sometimes it's just luck. But being educated you can ensure that you choose the right builder. It's important to not be swayed by price alone. Selecting the cheapest builder often ends in a very expensive project. In a previous post 'Read this before selecting your home renovation and building contractor' I discussed important things to consider when selecting your building contractor. In a future article I'll discuss important questions to ask your contractor and their references before you employ them.
But even the best contractors make mistakes and they should be checked. I'll discuss what to look for in a future article so bookmark this website. Indeed as in the lead story above water is the single greatest problem with new builds according to this report.
What are your rights when there is a problem with your new home? Believe me there are always some problems so it's important to understand what your builder is responsible for fixing. Again another topic for a future article when I'll discuss building defects and warranties, what you need to know and what you should do when you uncover a defect in your new home.
To help you navigate the construction process and avoid the traps and pitfalls when building or renovating your home read 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses - Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home'
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