7 Top Tips for Working with Your Builder

Employing a builder is a big decision to make. When you’re letting someone into your home and spending large sums of money, it’s important that you and your builder get on.

Working with your chosen builder doesn’t have to be tricky. Whether you are worried about additional costs or projects running overtime, we’ve got 7 of our top tips to help you get the most out of your project.

1. Stick to the Brief

Although it might be tempting to change things, it’s best to stick to the brief. Changing things along the way will almost always result in additional costs. Your initial quote would have been based on the brief that you provided before work started. When it comes to big plans such as wall placements, or plumbing, plan these out at the start and be sure that they are exactly what you want.

2. Draw Up a Proper Contract

A contract is one of the most important things in any building project. Your contract will protect you and the builder carrying out the work. Your contract should cover what work is to be carried out, how much will everything cost and a payment stage plan. Remember never to sign anything without thoroughly reading it through first.

3. Communicate Throughout

It’s important to communicate with your builder throughout the entire process, from start to finish. Not only do you need to be in the loop of what’s going on, what to expect, and how money is being spent but it’s your builder also needs to be able to contact you. In the instance that a problem occurs, or your builder has a question, it can hold up the process if they are unable to contact you, possibly resulting in running over schedule or additional costs.

4. Ensure You’re 100% Happy

It’s okay if you are not 100% happy with the work, but make sure that you communicate this to your builder. Whether you feel unhappy along the way or at the end of the project, it’s always best to let your builder know so that they can make the necessary adjustments. The last thing you want is to sign off on the project and find yourself unhappy only for it to be too late when your builder is already busy working on another project.

5. Ask For Regular Updates

Ask for regular updates along the way. After every stage is complete, request an update. There is no need to worry about nagging your builder, you are paying for a service. In the event that something is delayed, it might be out of the builders’ hands but it’s important to be in the know.

6. Keep Records

Always keep records of everything. Whether you need to provide evidence of delays out of your control or evidence of payments being made. Keep a record of everything, even if you don’t think it’s important. It might come in handy to avoid unnecessary additional costs.

7. Agree On Ground Rules

Make sure that you agree on some ground rules. Your builder will probably be around for a long time and whether they are working inside or outside, there needs to be some ground rules. You probably don’t want to be walking around in your pyjamas only to find a builder roaming around your living room, right. If you don’t want your builders inside the house or if you only want them inside the house during certain times of the day, outline this in your contract.

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