We had our Contract Appointment on Monday and I was expecting all the documentation to be in order and to reflect prior agreements and discussions. I must say, I was a little disappointed that it wasn't. Although our second soil and survey has been completed, our final engineering was not available nor was our final 6 star energy assessment. I thought they would have been finalised before our contract appt.
Also, I have been assured that Carter Grange have (or are in the process of) updated their Contract Specifications to reflect that the building materials, tolerance values and standards of workmanship for their building works are now in line with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards (AS). This was not the case when they were working off their Contract Specifications dated Oct 2010.
Again, I was expecting that these updated Contract Specs would have been presented at our Contract Appt, but they weren't (it was still the old specs dated Oct 2010). I expressed my concerns here, and CG were quick to confirm they were still fine-tuning the new specs and that they would be available within the next few weeks. They confirmed the new specs would be used to govern this build and would simply be added as a post contract variation. At this point, I have no reason not to believe this.
We had a few small changes we wanted to make - add a light here, an external tap there, widen the fridge space - small things (not structural). So I am told the process from here is to raise these as post contract variations also and that a second lot of documents will be generated to reflect these post contract variations (and hopefully also our final engineering and energy assessment) as well as our production drawings. So right now I am simply waiting for these second lot of documents. Fingers crossed they are accurate and complete and contain all the required information so that we can pay our deposit and move on to the next stage.