Introduction: Building or renovating a house

Home building and renovation work still represents a major source of economic activity in Victoria. It is a highly technical area often giving rise to confusion and subsequent expensive disputes and litigation. This chapter highlights the important issues that need to be considered and provides general guidance in respect to the law in this area.

It is important to prepare properly before commencing any project and to carefully review any documents. Anyone contemplating major domestic building work should first get professional legal advice.