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IF BUILD­ING or ren­o­vat­ing are on your ‘to do’ list in 2015, the best place to start is with the Master Builders’ A Con­sumer Guide to Build­ing work­shop, says Master Builders deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Paul Bid­well.

“A lot of peo­ple start to think about an up­com­ing ren­o­va­tion or build­ing project over the Christ­mas break – it’s a re­ally popular time and that bit of Christ­mas cheer and the com­mit­ment to some bold New Year’s res­o­lu­tions can re­ally drive peo­ple to get in and start projects they’ve only been dream­ing about un­til now,” he said.

“The most common cause of stress, dis­putes and mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion in build­ing is a lack of in­for­ma­tion about the build­ing process – so our work­shops are de­signed to arm con­sumers with the knowl­edge they need to bet­ter nav­i­gate the process.”

Mr Bid­well said the ses­sion only took four hours, but cov­ered a range of is­sues dur­ing this time. Th­ese in­cluded choos­ing land, build­ing your dream home, find­ing a Master Builder, con­tracts and vari­a­tions, de­posits/progress pay­ments, build­ing ap­provals and in­spec­tions, con­struc­tion phase and what to do be­fore you moved in – all is­sues where there were a lot of mis­con­cep­tions the or­gan­i­sa­tion tried to dis­pel among par­tic­i­pants.

“With a com­pre­hen­sive sec­tion on im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your builder, Master Builders’ aim is to en­sure home­own­ers know what to ex­pect through the var­i­ous stages of build­ing and ren­o­vat­ing,” Mr Bid­well said. “Ul­ti­mately, we want to as­sist in re­duc­ing stress and paving the way to a smoother build so that ev­ery­one is happy.”

Master Builders has other ad­vice for any­one look­ing to build or ren­o­vate.

“Do your re­search,” Mr Bid­well said. “If you live in south­east Queens­land, visit a dis­play vil­lage where you can see the lat­est hous­ing de­signs, trends and prod­ucts on of­fer.

“If you’re not in the prox­im­ity of a dis­play vil­lage, make sure you build with a Master Builder for peace of mind that your builder or trade con­trac­tor is ap­pro­pri­ately li­censed and has the support of Master Builders.”

A Con­sumer Guide to Build­ing work­shop ses­sions cost $25, with 2015 dates sched­uled in Bris­bane (Jan­uary 24), Mackay (Fe­bru­ary 7), Cairns (Fe­bru­ary 10), the Sun­shine Coast (Fe­bru­ary 14), Gold Coast (Fe­bru­ary 21), and Townsville (Fe­bru­ary 28).

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