This is the third in our series of articles is aimed at explaining some of the basics about how building contracts work. This article will deal with payment mechanisms in your building contract. In entering into any building contract, you should determine what payments you will need to make, and when.  You will need to…

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Whether you consider yourself to be a good negotiator or damn right scared of it, in some aspect of life we all need to call on our negotiation skills. It could be to negotiate a pay rise at work, with a real estate agent when buying a house or maybe even with your partner over…

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Deciphering builders quotes can feel like you’re reading a document written in another language, especially when you’re comparing apples with oranges. The key is making sure you understand all the jargon in the quote. Don’t be to be too proud or shy to ask if you do not understand what something means. If you still…

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“Build a team that you trust – back them to work well together.” These are just some of the words of wisdom shared this month by guest contributor Vicky Grosser; a Carbon Manager with a commitment for sustaining all life through First Nations led care of country. Somehow Vicky found herself on a small house…

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Hey BIC team!   Love what you are doing here. I thought I’d drop a line of support and outline what I, as a builder, am looking for from a client to ensure that each project goes well.   1. Engaged Clients The better each client understands their project and what they are trying to…

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Print, Click & Keep Once you have chosen your preferred architect, design consultant or technical draughtsperson, get an agreement in place before doing anything further. The agreement or contract should set out a number of essential items. Take a look at our handy template to use as a guide when negotiating with a Building Designer…

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Design assistance and technical advice can be provided in many different ways by a range of consultants. It will depend on your experience, capacity and/or desire to manage the work yourself as well as your budget. The extent of the work, the complexity of the build, the level of detail you require in the documentation…

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“We need to have some major works done on our property, but how do we know which builder to choose?” There is no question that for major building works you will need a team of professionals to get the job done. After all there are important legal and safety aspects to consider, not to mention the…

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As Australian property prices inch up and the cost of moving is often prohibitive, renovating and extending your home can be a very attractive option. The thought of more space, with greater functionality and a bespoke design to suit your needs is no doubt exciting. However, now that you have made this decision, how will…

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How often have you made an appointment with a tradesperson for a particular time and place, organising your work day around that appointment, only to have them show up hours later or not at all? Sound familiar? While we all understand that the unexpected can happen, we also know how frustrating and annoying this can…

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