There has been a lot of discussion lately about the cost of building and how it continues to rise. The reason for this is mainly due to supply chain issues, which are only getting worse. Latest reports suggest that these problems will continue until 2023, so those who are planning on constructing a new home or office should brace themselves for higher prices.
So if you are starting about your home building projects, you might want to get started soon as possible as the cost of building materials is still expected to rise in the next few years due to the following factors:
1. The high demand for construction and housing in Australia is one of the main reasons for increased building costs
2. The cost of materials and resources has been steadily increasing, making it more expensive to build
3. There is a shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry, which drives up labor costs
4. Land prices have also been increasing, making it more costly to purchase a site for a new development
5. Government regulations and compliance requirements are also contributing to the increase in building costs
How do you protect yourself if you’re looking to build your home or renovate
With these rising prices, how do you proceed in making your dream home a reality?
Choosing between Fixed Price and Cost Plus Contracts
For one, you should know that there are two types of building contract: fixed price and cost plus.
Fixed price vs cost plus
Fixed prices is a contract that defines the scope of your agreement with builders. The price you pay, even if it’s agreed upon in advance and not subject to change based on market fluctuations or other factors like materials prices during construction projects; this type will make sure everything remains fixed from start until finish so there are no surprises at closing time.
You can expect to pay a little extra for your home, because experienced builders are most likely to add a margin for pricing changes; but you’re protecting yourself from the shocks of significant price increases.
You can rest easy with these contracts, because you’re not locked into a fixed price. If materials like structural timber or metal products increase during the course of construction project then your cost will too.
The way this process works is you will receive invoices for each expense incurred from your builder but they won’t have as much incentive to save costs during construction because it’s not within an agreed price.
This contract is perfect for any person who wants to stay involved with their construction project from start-to finish. You get all the benefits of being an owner, but without having a large amount on your plate.
Carefully Examine The Contract
The contract with your builder is a crucial piece of paper, so don’t be shy about taking it home and reviewing before signing. Moreover, try your best for it to be reviewed by an attorney or professional to ensure that you are making the best decision.
Stay away from large deposits
Did you know that in Queensland, it’s illegal for a contractor to ask for more than 10% of the total value of the contract as a deposit?
This is designed to protect consumers from being taken advantage of by dodgy contractors. If you’re thinking of hiring a builder, make sure you avoid any contracts that require a large deposit. Talk to your builder about payment terms and never hand over any money until the job is finished to your satisfaction.
Protect yourself by knowing your rights before you sign anything.
Look at the Progress Payments
Most builders can operate with 5 or 6 progress payments, depending on the size of works and other factors. If a builder is requesting greater than 10 payment requests for jobs that haven’t even begun yet then there might be some serious cash flow issues going down – watch out.
Enquire about their financial situation
Avoiding the topic of money will lead to bad blood between you and your builder. You should know what they are capable or unable t do before making any decisions with regards financials, so ask them!
About TJS Building Group
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