disputes - building

Things do not always go as planned when building or renovating your home. Disputes may arise for various reasons such as faulty work or misunderstandings between you and your builder. It is important to be sure of the contents of the contract and the agreement between you and your builder, in order to avoid potential conflicts. One common source of dispute arises when variation to the plans or contract are only verbal and not in writing, signed by you and your builder.

Raise any issues or problems as soon as possible with your builder. For example, if there is defective work done notify your builder immediately so the problem can be rectified. Put your concerns in writing and give your builder reasonable time to respond. If the problem cannot be resolved by negotiating with your builder there are dispute resolution services, arbitration, expert determination and finally litigation. Check to see what your contract says about dispute resolution and the processes.