Progress Payments and Project Stages
When you make progress payments to us, it triggers your project to progress to the next stage. Our schedule for starting and completing work is based upon when you make the progress payments and when you respond to our request for further information (for example, confirming specifications prior to ordering).
The general stages for your project is as follows:
- Progress Payment 1: Deposit and Certification of building: After you have paid us the deposit, we will arrange for our structural engineers to prepare the certified plans and drawings, which is required for Council Approval. Depending on the complexity of your design, it can take 10-15 business days to prepare all of these drawings.
- Submit to Council: Once we have submitted your development application to Council, we will send you an invoice for all fees which we have incurred in submitting your development application (which are in addition to this contract price, as such fees are determined by Council). Most development approvals are granted within 4-6 weeks.
- Development Approval: Upon approval, Council will send us both a copy of their decision notification. We will then get in touch with you to do a “final check measure”.
- Final Check Measure: As all of the shed components are made to order, we once we have Council approval we will get in touch to confirm all aspects of your project – including colour selections, materials etc. This is the final opportunity to ensure that all aspects of your project are correct, before we start fabricating all of your shed materials and start scheduling work.
- Progress Payment 2: Once we have confirmed your “final check measure”, we will issue you with this progress payment. Your payment will trigger the fabrication and delivery of materials, which takes 2-3 weeks from your payment. All materials are then delivered to our depot for safe and secure storage, until construction is ready to start. Whilst all materials are being fabricated, your site can be prepared by an earthmover.
- Site needs to be prepared: The site will need to be levelled by an earthmover of your choice (we can arrange this for you, however this is not included in the contract price).
- Pouring of the concrete floor is scheduled: Once the site has been prepared by an earthmover, we can schedule the concrete floor to be poured. We aim to have the earthworks ready and the concrete poured whilst we are waiting for the materials to be delivered to our depot.
- Progress Payment 3: This invoice is issued after we have poured the concrete floor. Your payment will trigger us to schedule construction. Construction is generally scheduled at least one week after the concrete has been poured (subject to inclement weather), to allow sufficient time for the concrete to cure. During this time, you should ensure that no persons or animals walk over the concrete floor.
- Construction commences: Our construction schedule is largely dependent upon the weather at the time we are on site. As safety is our number one priority, our team cannot work in inclement weather conditions. You will not incur any additional costs for delays caused by inclement weather.
- Roller doors booked for installation: Once we have completed the shed building frames, we will book the roller door installation by the manufacturer. Factory direct installation will also ensure you are entitled any applicable manufacturer guarantees and warranties.
- Final inspection: Once the roller doors are installed, your project manager will visit your site to ensure that all work has been completed.
- Progress Payment 4: Practical Completion – Upon completion and after our final inspection, we will issue this invoice. Upon payment, your shed keys will be ready to pick up from our office or we can post them to you.
How inclement weather can delay construction
The safety of our clients and employees is our number one priority, and we keep a close eye on the inclement weather conditions to determine our construction schedule.
Inclement weather is any climatic conditions, that in our opinion - makes it unreasonable or unsafe to continue working in such condition. Unlike a house construction (where a majority of the work is done on the inside), with the construction of a shed - about 90% of the work is done outdoors and whilst exposed to the elements.
For peace of mind, we also insure your shed against storm/weather damage whilst it's under construction.
A weather forecast is shown on this page. We closely monitor current and predicted conditions to ensure that your shed is built safely without causing harm to you and your family, your employees, and our construction crew. As a result, our expected construction schedule for your project can often change on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis.
Some of the types of inclement weather that can delay construction can include:
- Rain and hail
- Wind gusts in excess of 25km/h
- Temperatures above 35 degrees.
- Cold weather: The concrete slab for your shed will not cure below a certain temperature, which can delay the pouring of the concrete slab.
- Extreme fire danger and other natural disasters
- Severe Weather