Contracts and payments

Changes and variations

Building a house or renovating is sometimes a work in progress, and as with any project, you or your contractor may have to change some of the details during the life of the project.

Unexpected circumstances may mean adjusting the details in your contract. It’s important that the changes are recorded. Not putting them in writing is one of the main causes of building disputes.

Changing your contract

Any changes to your original contract must be done in writing, and signed by both yourself and the builder before work starts.

Once the variation is signed, the builder must provide a copy to you within 5 business days. The only exception is if the work is urgent and it’s not possible to provide a variation before the work starts.

Variation payments

Your builder can’t ask for payment before the work has started.

See changing or cancelling insurance for information on what to do when your contract is varied.