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Uncommon questions you may likely face when building

Published: June 9th, 2015

When it comes to building a home, there is often a range of dialogue used that can be confusing and confronting. This post will clarify a lot of the lingo that is used in the building industry.

What is an engineers site report?

Once the preliminary works agreement has been accepted, the builder shall arrange a structural engineer to visit the site and undertake a soil test, to determine what type of footings the home will require. For sandy soils this is quite a simple process, however for clay sites the process is more detailed and deeper samples are taken.

What are working drawings?

These are the drawings that are used in the contract documentation and are used by all trades to build your home. It is important that you are happy with the contents of these plans prior to moving into the construction stage.

What is a footpath deposit and why do I need to pay it?

The principal of this is to protect the shires assets from damage during the construction phase. This will vary from shire to shire and area to area.

What is home indemnity insurance and do you have it?

Home indemnity insurance covers the homeowner (and subsequent owners) for completion of the building work and loss of deposit should the builder die, disappear or become insolvent within 6 years from the date of practical completion of a new home. It is compulsory for registered builders to take out a home indemnity insurance policy before accepting any payment or obtaining a building licence from the local authority.

What is a provisional sum and why is it provisional?

A sum indicated in the contract for cost of works that could not be finalised. This sum includes all overheads and profits and is updated as soon as practical, after the final costs have been established.

What is a Building permit:

Documentation issued by a building surveyor that allows proposed building work to commence.

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