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9 reasons to sign a contract for your kitchen renovation

Here at GOFORTH Kitchens Bendigo, we not only take care of the entire project from start to finish, we also do it for a guaranteed fixed price and we put that in writing for you. We understand the importance of building contracts in Victoria and the need to feel covered before heading into a renovation process. We all know kitchen upgrades can sometimes become complicated, and that’s why we provide you with a signed contract, so you know how seriously we take our work and your peace of mind. After all, protecting your property and interests shouldn’t be something you have to fight for.

You may not think a signed contract for a kitchen renovation is necessary, but with multiple contractors, varying timelines and your hard-earned dollars on the line, it is something you want to strongly consider.

Without a registered builder in charge and without a signed contract that covers the entire project, homeowners can easily get caught up in disagreements and legal issues with suppliers and contractors. Nobody wants that.

Here are 9 reasons to get a signed contract before your next kitchen upgrade:

  1. Ensure Scope of Work

When it comes to renovations and upgrades, you don’t want to make assumptions. You want to make sure you and your builder are on the same page from the get-go to avoid any misunderstandings. This section of the contract details the exact work a building company will take on and is responsible for, along with what is expected from you, the homeowner.

  1. Confirm Costs and Payment Terms

Going into a home renovation you want to make sure you are not at risk of any unexpected costs. Detailing total costs in a contract can help ensure a project doesn’t go over budget, and specify who is financially responsible in the event it does. Having a signed agreement on total project costs will help prevent any financial issues and disputes from arising. Getting clear on payment terms is also important, so everyone is on the same page about when and how payments are to be made.

  1. Timeline Clarity

We all know kitchen and bathroom renovations can be a nightmare and go on for much longer than intended, which is why it is important to have a timeline in writing with your builder. This provides more certainty on your project’s schedule and lets you know where you stand should any delays arise.

  1. Qualified Contractors

You want to make sure the various jobs in your building project are being completed by qualified contractors. More importantly, you want it guaranteed that your kitchen upgrade is being lead by a registered builder. Having it in writing that your renovation will be carried out by such operators safeguards you and your property from poor-quality work and reduces the risks of potential issues.

  1. Warranties and Guarantees

Warranties and guarantees ensure a certain quality of work and confirm what product/design faults you may be covered for should any arise. This can protect you from further costs should an aspect of your kitchen prove to be faulty. It is essential to work with a builder who is happy to provide warranties and guarantees in writing before a kitchen upgrade.

  1. Insurance Coverage and Liability

It is important to know what you are covered for and what you are responsible for before heading into any renovation. Having a signed contract that details the insurance coverage and liability responsibilities of each party in the event of any accidents, damages or injuries during a renovation project, can protect you from certain issues, legal disputes and unexpected costs.

  1. Permits and Approvals

Permits and approvals ensure compliance with building regulations. It is worth having it in writing that your registered builder will take care of any permits and approvals for you, or outline when you may need to get involved and assist with the process. This gives you peace of mind that no stone is left unturned.

  1. Dispute Resolution

A contract should typically include an agreed-upon method for resolving any disputes, such as mediation or arbitration. It can be comforting to know that there is a process in place, that you agree to, that could help resolve any problems without having to resort to legal action.

  1. Cancellation Policies

Cancellation and termination policies outline the conditions under which each party can cancel or terminate a project. This provides clarity on potential consequences and associated costs with a cancelled project. You want to be informed of what your rights are and whether you are permitted to cancel your project at any certain point.

There you have it, 9 reasons why you should get a signed contract before your next kitchen renovation. Ultimately, it is about protecting your interests and covering all bases. Contracts are there to support and help protect you legally if something goes wrong or if there is a dispute. With such a significant investment on your part, it is a good idea that both builder and homeowner enter into a written agreement.

Here at GOFORTH Building in Bendigo, we offer our valued clients a kitchen renovation contract that guarantees:

  • We are registered builders.
  • We project manage and take care of everything, including all contractors.
  • An absolute fixed price for the entire project.
  • Timeline transparency.
  • Quality and cleanliness.

And before we even start, we get to know your kitchen goals and deliver a detailed proposal.

Get In Touch Today

To have your kitchen or bathroom renovation completed by a registered builder in Bendigo, who offers fixed pricing, complete project management, and a building contract, give GOFORTH a call. With everything from design to completion taken care of, you can have peace of mind knowing your project is under control and with budget certainty.

To book a kitchen consultation, call us on (03) 4448 3068 or visit us at

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