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Building work, particularly new home
construction or renovation, is likely to be one of
the biggest investments you will ever make.
There is a significant amount of risk, uncertainty and
cost involved so it pays to have a written contract in
place with your builder.
A written contract not only protects your financial
interests but it provides your builder with an incentive
to build right first time. Your contract document should
among other things spell out expectations for both
you and your builder; warranties and remedies; how
disputes will be resolved; and that the work will meet
the requirements of the Building Code.
Always take time to read the contract document --
don't sign it straight away. You may want to negotiate
changes to some of the clauses, especially if your
builder has specified a payment schedule that requires
you to fork out a significant proportion of the cost up
A deposit should be a reasonable proportion of the
total value of the work. Try to avoid paying a deposit of
more than 10 per cent -- if your builder wants more,
ask them to put their reasons in writing to give you
additional protection. Your project and money is at risk
if you pay too far in advance.
Contracts protect you and your builder but they also
commit you to obligations and responsibilities. You may
want to take legal advice if you are unsure about any of
the details of the contract.
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"Because we had a clear idea of the design and
layout we wanted, we sketched the plan that
suited us and then looked for the right builder.
Fowler Homes was the number one choice
from the start. We liked that we could deal with
one person, who happened to be the Company
Director -- it really made them stand out from
all the other building companies we considered,
and after construction started they once again
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Fowler Homes has a range of standard award-
series plans although they are predominantly
design and build specialists.
"We don't have a permanent showhome as this
helps keep our overheads down and we have found
that if the showhome is not to the client's taste
they will go elsewhere," explains Bret Robinson,
managing director for Fowler Homes Auckland.
"Although, we are about to start a house in
Pukekohe which will be on public display for a
month when complete," says Bret.
"We prefer to show people through current, or
recently completed homes. That way you see a
true example of our quality and workmanship. We
also have many referrals from our past clients."
As well as being the company director for
Fowler Homes Auckland, Bret Robinson is a
qualified master builder and licensed building
"Our standard specification is higher than some
other companies," says Brett.
"But don't be fooled initially with lower priced
houses as these basic homes, once upgraded to
our standard, will see you paying more," he says.
Fowler Homes is significantly different from
other building companies which run franchise
The owners of each Fowler Homes branch run
a joint venture with the parent company, which
retains part ownership. This ensures a financial
strategy which protects clients throughout
the building process and, as Brett explains, is
something franchise companies simply cannot
This format also guarantees the integrity of the
There are also no sales people at Fowler Homes
and you will deal direct with the managing director
of the company throughout the building of your
This unique streamlined approach allows Fowler
Homes to pass the savings on to you -- the client.
Make sure to look out for the Fowler Homes'
temporary showhome in Pukekohe -- coming soon.
Building company with
EXECUTIVE HOME: This home was completed in Mt Eden, Auckland last year and is an example of
the executive-style home that Fowler Homes is renowned for.
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