Once the build is underway and your property is finally being constructed, it’s important to stay involved in the project to make sure things stay on track.
Here’s some tips from Rob Stewart, CEO of the Master Builders Association (MBA) South Australia.
“If you’re unhappy or unsure about something, talk to your builder,” Rob suggests.
“You and your builder can help each other to get the job done with a minimum of fuss if you communicate effectively throughout the entire process.”
Meet your own deadlines
As the client, you should aim to meet the deadlines for material selections. That means choosing all the fittings, fixtures and colour schemes as early on as you can – and sticking to those decisions. Many house and land packages come with set options to choose from, so be aware if you want something different or in addition to what’s on offer, it will probably cost you extra.
Taking too long to decide or changing your mind at the last minute can result in delays on site, and cost to you, so if you have problems making decisions, get someone you trust to choose with you!
Let the builder do their job
If you’re onsite watching your home get built, it can be tempting to intervene if you see a worker doing something you’re not sure about. However, in most cases it’s best not to have it out straight away.
“Don’t disrupt building work by issuing instructions to trade contractors working on site,” says Rob.
“Instead, raise any concerns you may have with your builder. Be polite but firm. Give your builder the chance to put matters right.”
Got a dispute? Look for a win/win.
If you see a problem on site or there’s an aspect of the build you’re not happy with, raise it with your builder as soon as possible. If nothing is done, then it’s a good idea to put your concerns in writing. Further, set a deadline for things to be rectified. If after you’ve taken all of these steps and nothing is resolved, get a second opinion.
A building inspector can provide you with an unbiased opinion and advise what should be done to rectify the problem. By following these precautionary steps and making sure everything that is agreed to is put in writing, the building process should be an enjoyable one. Keep in mind however, that all building work is generally disruptive – especially if you’re the one with the highest stake in the outcome!
When it comes to selecting your builder, it’s also a good idea to make sure your builder is a member of a relevant industry Association. All members of the Master Builders Association
are bound by a Master Builders Code, so if you do encounter any problems during the building process, provided your builder is a Master Builders member and is using a Master Builders contract, the Master Builders Association may be able to assist in resolving the issue.
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