Time delay on baths is out of builders’ control
Get expert advice on baths, older homes with tile roofs and new home build regulations coming in later this year
QOur builder has let us know that the bath we have selected for our new home is currently unavailable and as it is coming from overseas he is not sure when it will be here. He says this has been outside of his control. What can we do from here?
AIf it has genuinely been outside of his control then you have a couple of options, you could wait until the bath is available, in which case the builder may have a legitimate claim for extra time to complete the home if it ends up taking longer to build as a result of the delay. An alternative could be to select a different bath that is currently available. If there is a cost difference then it is possible there will be a variation for the difference. It would be best to discuss this with the builder as soon as possible. traditional galvanised steel clad roofs. I strongly advise that if the roof is showing noticeable sagging or undulations across the roof then you should have a builder, building inspector or engineer have a look for you before purchasing . There will be rectification work that can be done to fix this but it would be wise to have an understanding of what the cost of this may be before buying.
QMy wife and I have been told by friends that if we want to build a new home we should look at doing it now because changes to regulations coming into effect later in the year that could lead to price increases. Is this correct?
AIn May it is likely that amendments to the National Construction Code will come into effect and it is possible that for some new homes higher level requirements for energy efficiency and other issues will require extra cost.
In October the new Planning and Design Code will be implemented for urban areas and although this is still under review, it is likely that for some new homes more stringent requirements could lead to additional costs to construction, though what this will be will not be known until the final version of the code is released.
It would be wise, if you are considering building a new home to talk to a few builders now just to see what their thoughts are in relation to the home designs they build and what the possible (if any) impact might be. Note that applications for building work lodged before the implementation of the NCC amendments and the Planning Design Code should be assessed under the current requirements.