TRYING TO DO IT ALL YOURSELF
Despite New Zealanders’ predisposition to spend Saturdays at DIY stores, we’re not all DIYminded. Jennian Homes hosts regular free building information sessions that help first-time builders with things like how to find the best site, how to build sustainably, and (most importantly) sticking to budget. Find out more at jennianinfo.com. It’s not uncommon for building projects to go over budget. Talk to your team about saving money without compromising your plans. If you want four bedrooms but really can only afford three right now, build in a way that allows for an extension in a few years’ time. Use mainstream appliance brands so you’ve got more budget for fittings, lighting and joinery. Don’t sacrifice quality just so you come under budget; look at the overall project and figure out what parts of the puzzle are most important. to be true, it probably is. A fast sale will normally come back to bite a client with cost overruns, construction delays and avoidable PC sums (provisional allowances for specific items that haven’t been chosen or priced yet). Jennian Homes works to slow the sales and design process down and provide greater certainty over pricing. It’ll take longer, but it’ll save you money and sleepless nights, and give you certainty in the long run.