Taking some simple steps at the start can help your project run smoothly.
For kitchen or bathroom renovations costing more than $5000 (even if the contract is split into smaller amounts), you must have a written major domestic building contract and your builder must be registered with the Building Practitioners Board.
Always ask for your builder’s registration details before you sign a contract.
You can also use your own experts, such as a building lawyer to check your contract and a consultant to check the quality of work during construction and at completion.
Don’t pay more than the deposit amount set by law:
As the home owner, it is your responsibility to find out if you need planning and building permits for the work and to make sure they are obtained, whether you get them yourself or authorise someone else (such as your builder) to do it for you.
Your builder may supply plans and specifications, or you may engage an architect, designer or draftsperson to do this.
For free information and advice, visit consumer.vic.gov.au/building