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Anne Power

Hello Jilly, Thank you for your response. We will be gathering up the correspondence, dates, list up the thefts and take photographs of the poor workmanship. It takes time and a certain level of energy. We are both finishing off other matters before we start on this.


Again thank you for your words of experience.


   
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Julie Lawler

Anne Power
We are in the same boat, our build is incomplete and defective. Completion date was almost 4 yrs ago now. We went to fair trading first (useless) and NCAT now. We had to have a defects report done by experts, we gathered all SMS messages, photos, receipts etc and hired a lawyer. We are now out of pocket for lawyer, barrister, experts etc $130k. Our defect and repair bill is around $380k. My advice is have a defect report done, bypass fair trading and NCAT and go straight to a lawyer. We are back at NCAT in a few weeks but I’m thinking we have a long time to get our money 😩

   
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meg_h43

@Bob Marley, I have seen a large number of self design, self build or renovate that have been terrible and would NOT recommend you “do it yourself” unless you have worked in the industry, have an appropriate trade, or have someone who it actually understands the process. There is a reason banks frequently will not lend to owner builders. We currently have neighbors considering doing this to “save money” and judging by their performance so far I can bet it will end up costing much more as frankly they have no idea what they are doing and have thus far been impressed by dodgy workmen. We have built our own home, renovated several properties but the other half is a civil engineer who has built many large buildings, had contacts, and knows when to get the experts in.

   

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