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Preliminary agreements

How to set up a preliminary agreement with an owner in the early stages of a building project to protect yourself before a formal contract is signed.
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Most builders have been in a situation where the owner cancels a building project before a contract has been signed. This can be a headache – especially when you have already invested substantial time and money to get the project off the ground. A preliminary agreement is your chance to protect yourself and ensure you get paid, regardless of whether the job goes ahead.  

A preliminary agreement can cover the time and money you spend to obtain data, engage an architect, submit applications for approvals and any other works you complete before you’ve inked a formal building contract.  

Learn about the laws, what to include in them and how you can get paid in this “how to” guide to preliminary agreements. 

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Who is it for?

Builders in QLD

This article will help you navigate setting up a preliminary agreement at the early stages of a building project and details how they can protect you from completing unpaid work pre-contract.

What does it include?

  • When you should use a preliminary agreement
  • The laws regarding preliminary agreements
  • What you should include in a preliminary agreement
  • How to get paid for preliminary work.
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