When you work with a builder who doesn’t use preliminary building agreements, you run the risk of an unorganized building process resulting in defects, delays, and conflict.
Professional builders use preliminary building agreements to simplify the process for you. They are a ‘done for you’ solution that makes the construction process of your new home faster and easier for you and the builder.
In a study completed by KMPG, more than 75% of building projects exceeded their original deadlines, and over 69% exceeded their budget. But, by going into a preliminary building agreement with your builder before a contract is signed, you can rest assured that your builder can provide you with a fixed price and a guaranteed handover date.
Preliminary building agreements allow the builder to go the extra mile before construction, so when it comes to signing the contract, you can be sure that the price and the handover date won’t change.
You, the architect, and the builder all work together to determine the expectations for your new home to then create a preliminary agreement to set everything in motion before a building contract is signed. This approach simplifies the process for you, so you only have one point of contact, and all the pre-construction details and planning are done for you. While average builders will send you in all directions to do these things for yourself.
So, what exactly is a preliminary building agreement?
It’s a pre-contract agreement, sometimes referred to as a ‘prelim’ or a ‘PBA’. It’s the phase of the process after you’ve chosen, and met with, your builder, and after you’ve decided on the concepts for your new home.
A preliminary building agreement allows your builder to carefully and systematically work through the details of the construction of your new home. So they can provide you with a fixed price and guaranteed handover date when it comes time to sign the building contract.
The inclusions of a preliminary building agreement can vary, depending on the builder you work with. But they will typically include the necessary arrangements and testing that need to be completed before construction.
In the preliminary building agreement phase, builders will organize for engineering and soil tests to be completed on your land. They’ll finalize the concepts of your new home and transform them into construction drawings. When they have these details finalized, they’ll create scope of works and job schedules for your entire project. They’ll also work with you to complete all the selections of finishes and colors for your new home.
The preliminary building agreement also allows builders to make the necessary arrangements for building and development approvals. By completing all of this work early, your builder can provide a detailed building contract that includes everything that will need to happen to build your dream home. Meaning they can give you a fixed-price contract with a guaranteed handover date so you can be confident your new home will be built on budget and without any unexpected delays.
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