For owners, especially first-time residential owners, the building process can be stressful enough without worrying about legal disputes on top of that.

Many builders have years of experience in the game, know the tricks of the trade and often have teams of people dealing with issues that crop up.

From hidden ‘extras’, complicated terminology, strict timelines, and tricky processes for variations, to issues with defects and practical completion, there are many issues that can arise during construction.  We can help you understand and assist you with that process, from before you sign your contract, to dealing with defects and issues during the build, such as unexpected variations, defects, quality issues, and delays, to finalising the build when it reaches ‘practical completion’, and then during the defects liability period.

We can also help you with one of the most common issues – arguments about the costs, and payment.

At Preston Law, we say you should ‘hope for the best, but plan for the worst’ – let our building and construction lawyers help you at least even up the playing field, and maybe even tip it in your favour.

We can help you with:

  • Understanding contracts;
  • Knowing your rights;
  • Knowing what to look for;
  • Dealing with issues like defects and variations;
  • Explaining your obligations, so you don’t get caught out;

and if a dispute does arise, we can:

  • Explain your options, the risks, and what comes next; and
  • Help you navigate through the dispute resolution process.

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