I came across this broadcast where Ali Mau was joined by John Green, Director of Building Dispute Tribunal and BuildSafe, covering what you should do before getting a builder in for a renovation or build.
He highlighted key considerations:
- Before entering into a building contract get a quantity surveyor to cost the project so you know what the market should charge and get legal advice before entering into a building contract.
- Enter a fixed price contract not a cost-plus contract.
Listen here (8 mins) http://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/audio/2017/04/how-to-avoid-a-building-nightmare.html