Choose a builder you can work with

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

Se­lect­ing a builder can man­aged by an ar­chi­tect.

When the plans are com­pleted to your ap­proval they can put them out for ten­der.

Or se­lect a builder and ne­go­ti­ate a price based on an es­ti­mated cost pro­vided by a quan­tity sur­veyor, us­ing their knowl­edge of lo­cal builders to make sure that you get the right sort of builder for the job.

If you are man­ag­ing the process your­self then you should recog­nise that there are ba­si­cally three types of builder that you could be deal­ing with.

There are what might be called vol­ume res­i­den­tial builders.

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These are the big firms who will do any­thing from se­ri­ously large con­struc­tion jobs right down to the small­est ren­o­va­tion.

They will have build­ing gangs, paint­ing crews, plas­ter­ers, join­ers, the works. Ba­si­cally any­thing you want to do, they can do. Be­cause of their size they tend to be quick and ef­fi­cient.

Cus­tom builders are those that spe­cialise in pro­duc­ing a menu of build­ings. They will have a range of stan­dard plans which, within cer­tain lim­its, you can cus­tomise to your taste. They tend to be larger and cer­tainly, with their set plans, they can be a very eco­nom­i­cal choice.

And then there is the in­di­vid­ual builder.

They can range from the prover­bial one-man band, to a builder who may em­ploy a num­ber of men or gangs and may have a num­ber of projects on the go at once.

They usu­ally have con­tact with ar­chi­tects and/or a draughts­man as well as struc­tural en­gi­neers.

Se­lect­ing a builder is, in the­ory, a sim­ple ra­tio­nal busi­ness de­ci­sion.

They can do the job or they can’t. Their price is right or it isn’t. But there is more to it than that.

You are go­ing to have to work with these peo­ple.

How do you think you’re go­ing to get on with them? Do you trust them? You may find that you are will­ing to sac­ri­fice the best price if you be­lieve you’re get­ting a bet­ter builder.

And re­mem­ber that the low­est price is not al­ways the best price.

In our ex­pe­ri­ence un­der­pric­ing has been the prin­ci­pal rea­son for builders’ in­sol­vency and in­abil­ity to com­plete build­ing projects for many years.

You should ex­pect to pay a fair price for the job, re­mem­ber the say­ing you usu­ally get what you pay for.

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for ref­er­ences of jobs the builder has done be­fore.

Tele­phone the own­ers and ask them to be frank and open about their ex­pe­ri­ence and the qual­ity of the work. If the own­ers agree, view the jobs.

A ques­tion to ask, and some­thing to con­sider, is whether or not your builder is reg­is­tered.

A Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builder is able to of­fer you an in­de­pen­dently backed guar­an­tee. Con­di­tions Ap­ply. This is a com­fort fac­tor, which is im­por­tant.

And one last thing, when you are get­ting quotes tell the builders that you’re get­ting other quotes.

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