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How to handle neighbour disputes while renovating

25 November 2017
How to handle neighbour disputes while renovating

No one wants disputes with their neighbours. But if you’re planning on doing a major home renovation or building a house, you may want to build a healthy relationship with your neighbours to make sure that no one will oppose your work.

To help, we’ve come up with some simple tips to ensure your renovation project will go as smoothly as possible.

Have a chat with them

Give your neighbours a heads up before you start your renovation project. This will give them an idea of what to expect once construction starts. Inform them of when the work will begin, how long it will take to finish, and how many builders or tradies will be working on your property.

You just want to let them know basic information about your improvement project and that you don’t want to cause any inconvenience to them. This way you and your neighbours won’t have to go through local councils or to lawyers to talk things through.

Know the land boundaries

If you’re extending your house, you might want to check the building regulations with your local council first before you proceed with construction. Many old homes have inaccurate boundaries and you might be building on your neighbour’s land unknowingly.

To avoid creating legal disputes, make sure to get your land checked by a certified property surveyor. So you know where your land starts and ends, and to also update and correct your land measurements.

Be considerate

Put yourself in your neighbour’s shoes. Do you want to hear the loud banging of a hammer or the harsh sound of a power saw at 6:30 am? No one wants to be woken up by loud construction noises in the morning.

Ask your local council about what time your construction is allowed to start each day. Generally, most states allow the use of power tools during weekdays from 7am to 7pm, and on weekends from 9am to 7pm.

Keep it safe

You don’t want to create any hazards for yourself or your neighbours. Make sure to implement appropriate safety measures so that no one will get hurt and no property will get damaged during the construction process. Professionals will understand how a safe renovation work, and this will help to avoid legal disputes.