30 Jun 2011 8:13 PM
| We are in the process of building a house and are at the practical completion stage at the moment.
We have had an email from the builder asking for the final progress payment today (practical competion is tomorrow) which is the final payment and that if we do not pay within 10 days they will start charging interest on it,which they have also said on all previous payments as well.
We were under the impression that you do not make the final payment until you have inspected the house and have had any snagging completed (which is quite a bit from what we have seen from the outside).
Does anybody know the legalities concerning this??
We just don't want to make the final payment and then tell them that the driveway is uneven (for example) at the inspection to then be told that we shouldn't have made the payment if we wern't happy with the house!
Is this standard practice when building out here?
Any advice would be very apreciated.
30 Jun 2011 8:30 PM
|We made the final payment on handover day. The company we used took us round on the day with hi roll of blue tape. The blue tape was for the marks on the walls. The painter followed up. He found marks that we missed. But very good at stearing your eyes away from important things. That would cost money to replace like a dent in the stainless steel cooker that you don't see until you pull it out to clean.
Other bits and bobs nothing major as we did pick up on alot. They wrote the issues down and I think they had to complete them within the 30 days. It's a signed agreement document. If we hadn't of given them the cheque they wouldn't have given us the keys.
Our builder was a pain, but did alot that we didn't think they would do. But we was on to them all the time.
Check the baths for scratches they sometimes just do a quick touch up. Check cabients for chips!
Anyway good luck.|
30 Jun 2011 10:02 PM
|Plunkett been good, 6 months from occupation to identify faults plus 12 on big things...service reasonable|
30 Jun 2011 10:12 PM
| Thanks rockinghorse,
We have been told that handover will not be for around 3-4 weeks from now and we should have a pre-handover meeting at the house one day next week to check for snagging!but we have 'to make the final payment within 10 days of practical completion(tomorrow)regardless of whether we have had this meeting and regardless of whether any minor items that may require completion or rectification' or we will be charged interest on the due amount until we pay it.
I just don't see why we should give them our only bargaining tool before we have been in the house or had a chance to rectify any problems to an acceptable standard!
If we have already paid the money I just worry that they will get an apprentice or labourer to put things right instead of a trained tradesman and there will be no urgency to this as they have already been paid..
Does anyone know of any trading standards or anyone that we can check this with? as it all seems to be happening the wrong way around to me|
30 Jun 2011 10:54 PM
|Some people use a company that speacialise in handovers. They are trained to look for the things we miss. Builders really don't like them being used as they know what to look for. You would have to pay for that service.
I would just speak to the builder and tell them your prepared to pay at handover and not before!|
01 Jul 2011 12:03 AM
|Hi, yes it is normal practice for it to happen that way round, you go around the house with the supervisor and they and you go through the house with a fine tooth comb and complete a snagging list, they have 10 working days to complete any works that need doing, then you get the keys and move in !!!!
It is a weird way of doing it, but we have built a couple of times now, and that's the way it works with most builders I'm afraid. You then get a 6month checklist to complete and any works that you have noted or has appeared they then carry them out at 6months.
Hope that clears your query up.
01 Jul 2011 12:08 AM
|Thanks Keely&Jon at least we know this is normal practice even if it seems abnormal to us!