There are many horror stories out there of people who have had problems with builders. From out of control budgets to building sites left half finished. The realist is that while there are many scammers out there the majority of builders are capable and very professional. You as a homeowner can do quite a bit to avoid bad experiences and for the most part, this involves communication. Here are our top 5 tips for choosing and working with your builder.
Don’t approach a builder too soon
This may seem logical to many people but the reality is that many people will contact a builder for quotations months before they are ready to start their project. Builders are good at pricing once they know exactly what’s wanted. Don’t be taken aback when you ask for a quote without having any proper plans in place and the builder gives you a funny look. Without any proper plans in place to complete the building you require, your builder will not be able to give you an accurate quote.
Consider the scope of the project
Find the right kind of building company for your project. If you are looking to build a luxury home extension the builder you choose will need to be well organized with a number of well-trained and teams that can operate around the clock. This will ensure high-quality work at a fast rate. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that these type of builders tend to be expensive. On the other end of the spectrum, you will find many small owner-manager builders who choose to do much of the work themselves. These types of builders are generally more affordable but the project would take longer to complete. When looking for a builder make sure that you find the right one for the project you need.
Specialist or general builder
A general builder may be able to perfectly extend your kitchen but the same builder may not be able to add a second story to your house. Make sure that you pick the right type of builder for the job you need to be done.
Let the builder manage the project
It’s the builder’s responsibility to ensure that the right people in the right numbers are on-site at the right times and that they have the necessary materials to do their work. One of the most frustrating things for any builder is having clients constantly adding their expertise to the project. Once the project is completed, and you are not happy with certain aspects you can ask, builder, to change it.
The first step in getting this right is to ensure that you have a set of drawings for the project you want to be completed. Once you have the drawings you can ask your builder for advice on making changes. Once the changes are agreed on then the work can commence. If you are not being specific about what you want to be done the builder will not know and the communication for the project could break down leaving you and the builder unhappy.