Time de­lay on baths is out of builders’ con­trol

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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.

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