To ensure the best possible outcome and a minimum of stress during the project, you’ll need to appoint more than just a builder. To deliver your desired project on time and on budget you’ll need a team of independent skilled professionals to advise and support you during, and after, the construction.

Firstly, you have to be clear about exactly what it is you want to build and how much money you have at your disposal. Once you do, here are the main players you’ll need to recruit to the team -

  1. Financier

If the likely cost of the project exceeds your available funds a lender will need to be consulted and an application made for finance. In recent times Australian lending laws have become more stringent, allow time to have any loan applications processed. You should also ‘shop around’ for the best deal. There are myriad brokers, banks and lending institutions willing to negotiate to secure good clients.

  1. Builder

The builder is the most obvious player in the ‘team’. The appointment of that builder will be the single most important decision you make. To ensure the best possible outcome it’s important you follow a thorough process to appoint an experienced, and appropriate for the project, builder. For initial advice on this topic see HERE.

  1. Building Surveyor / Inspector

The role of the building surveyor is to verify that the building work meets the minimum standards of the regulations.

The building surveyor is the appropriately qualified person able to independently explain the regulations to you and to check the construction at mandated stages to ensure building regulations are adhered to.

  1. Architect / Designer

The architect or designer can turn your dreams into reality, and hopefully expand upon your thoughts to provide enhanced amenity and value. Many consumers elect to engage an architect to articulate their vision, and some will also engage this designer to administer the building project. If the designer acts as the project manager they'll typically: answer the builder’s queries, issue directions according to the plans and ultimately ensure you get the building that was designed. This of course all comes for a fee. To achieve a custom-designed solution you will need a larger budget than most.

  1. Legal Advisor

We strongly recommend that an independent legal advisor reviews all contracts, and variations, before they’re signed.

Good independent legal representation can clearly explain the detail of the contract and identify any potential pitfalls. Note: the appointment of a lawyer may impact on your ‘cooling off period’. A good place to find a skilled lawyer is through the -

Law Institute of Victoria 

Law Society of NSW 

Queensland Law Society 

Law Society of South Australia 

Law Society of Tasmania 

Law Society of Western Australia

 

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