In fact, there are a number of things that can make these problems and issues even bigger. While this may actually seem trivial, every discussion and matter agreed upon needs to be stated in a lawfully written document.
Here are some common mistakes homeowners make that you should avoid:
- There is no written document that clearly describes the conditions set for the process of building or renovating (renovate this house). Both parties are not clear about their respective rights and there are no clear guidelines explaining about this info
- Do not do in -depth research on the contractor to be hired. Some continue to believe in the words of their peers. Continue to make full payments on a trust basis even if work has not yet begun. Does not monitor the progress of the work process performed. Make sure you always keep an eye on every stage that is done even when it is almost ready. Waiting for an abandoned project too long before making an action or complaint against this contractor
- Check the contractor’s background and keep the relevant documents
Research the contractor’s background such as asking a neighbor or other client’s client
Ensure that the contractor is registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM)
Check the license of the contractor at the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB). If there are any problems with this contractor, you can also make a complaint to CIDB to report the misconduct of this contractor for further action.
Ask for a quotation before you pay any deposit
Put in place specific conditions or clauses in case the contractor fails to complete within the stipulated time. You may also be able to set a discount penalty if the work is unsatisfactory or late in completion. Make sure there are written documents and a valid agreement between you and the contractor
Before signing a contract, make sure you read the terms and conditions set out in the contract carefully. Make sure you keep a payment receipt or photo as proof in case the contractor does not want to repair the damage and you want to take action against the company.
- Prepare an agreement between the homeowner and the contractor
An agreement between the homeowner and the contractor is necessary to protect the rights of the homeowner in the event of a problem. It can also be used as a reference in case of doubt or dispute, and can also be used as evidence or a legal document.
Among the things that need to be in the agreement are:
- Date of signing the agreement
- Completion date (project)
- In addition, enter the definition of a completed house and list the conditions that must be complied with that indicate the house has been completed or renovated.
- Penalty if the contractor fails to complete the project on time
- Building materials for walls, roofs, floors, number of switches and others.
- Names and addresses of contractors and owners.
- Payment stages – before the buyer pays, each stage must be certified by a qualified consultant, such as an architect, etc.
- Defects Liability Period (DLP) -the period the contractor has to repair any damage to the project under it