ENGAGING A CONTRACTOR
The best results happen when you engage your Contractor once you’ve decided you want to build. A good Contractor will contribute greatly to the quality of your project and your long term enjoyment. Ensure you choose a Contractor you have a good rapport with. You’ll avoid many common frustrations by understanding how they talk and having your ideas heard. Many hours in conversation will be spent with them and you will be making decisions on their advice.
When searching for a Contractor, contact your local Builders Association to compile a list of reputable builders. Be careful with any that give an estimate that is far below the average. Inexperienced estimators may leave out significant expenses whereas a quality Contractor will provide you with a detailed estimate and hire experienced skilled workers, an increase in cost and quality.
Your expectations for your new home will be discussed in detail. What features will be best suited to your lifestyle, area of town that will provide the necessary amenities, the look versus required upkeep, the budget and timeline.
Contractors understand the concerns, questions and frustrations involved in every stage of the process. Details can ruin the big picture, especially any modifications that affect the sub-trades. Experienced Contractors provide oversight and can anticipate and mitigate problems throughout the build.
From these discussions your Contractor will liaise with your Realtor to ensure you're purchasing the right lot that fits within your expectations, coordinate and work with architects, geotechnical/structural engineers, interior designers and other professionals to provide input into the build plan and make suggestions for the most effective ways of turning your dreams into reality.
During the build, dependant on your contract, your Contractor will monitor the entire project. The budget, schedule, building permits right through to inspection, quality of sub-trades, delivery of product, and providing a signed Warranty upon completion of your project.
Regular, scheduled contact with your Contractor throughout the project ensures there are no surprises.
Make your Contractor integral during every stage of your project and you will have a less stressful, more cost effective experience and a home you will enjoy for years to come.