Believe it or not, the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme can apply even before the actual construction of your home begins.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is the State’s building industry regulator. We administer the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme for all residential construction work performed by a QBCC licensed contractor over the value of $3,300. This cover provides some protection against defective and incomplete work.
Here's 5 important steps to guide you through the beginning of the building process!
|1. Use a licensed contractor||
|2. Get 3 quotes from licensing contractors||
|3. Use a contract||
|4. Keep an eye out for your Notice of Cover||
|5. Keep in regular contact with your contractor||
The above steps can help you to avoid the following:
- Losing protection under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme
- Overpaying your builder or contractor
- Paying before a stage of work is complete (this affects your entitlement to compensation if you have to make a claim)
- Poor contractual outcomes
- The pitfalls associated with cost-plus and construction management contracts (these contracts are complex and aren’t covered under our insurance)
- Building dispute problems
The Scheme covers your home for a period of six years and six months from the date the premium is paid, a contract is entered into or work commences (whichever is earliest). If things don’t go to plan, try to work with your contractor to resolve the matter. If you're unable to find a way forward during construction, our early dispute resolution service is available. If the work is complete, you can lodge a defective work complaint via our website or by calling us.
Please note this information is for general educational purposes only. The QBCC has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided. No warranties or representations of any kind, expressed or implied, are given as to the suitability or otherwise of the information to your particular circumstances. This blog post is not intended to be comprehensive and you should always seek your own independent legal advice.
Need more information? Read more about the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme or call us on 139 333.