The core of any good building project, whether you’re building an extension or building a full house from the ground up, is not the tools or the foundation, but the relationship you have with your builder. Really, the right builder will understand how to work with you, and the relationship needs to work right from the off. You’re relying on them to do that job as quickly and as efficiently as possible. And apart from the fact that you need them fully licensed and insured as well as the other formalities, the job is not just down to builder, you need to do your part too, and overall this will make for a positive experience for both of you. So, how can you get this off to a good start?
Pick The Right Builder
Not just for the job, but pick the right one for you, you need to think about what you want and if they can do the work. How much work do you need? If there is a sizeable amount, are there subcontractors available as well as your own builder, or do you need to pick a company that has the right contacts? Companies like Vail Builders have a roster of subcontractors they can choose from, so you should do your research first. But this all hinges on the next part of the process…
Making Sure You Know What You Want
Before you’ve done anything, you need to have a clear vision of what you are after with your final product. If you spend time thinking exactly what you want and how you want it, rather than changing your mind constantly, it will be a big help. Being indecisive helps no one and doesn’t help your relationship with the builder, and it can save money too when you know what you want. Changes cost money at the end of the day.
Once you agree on everything with the builder, you need to have it in paper form, from the timeframe to the details of the work, and, of course, the price. Doing this makes sure you pinpoint who is accountable for every aspect of the process, this will reduce the typical issues that slow down the process, such as blame. Communication is the vital thing when you’re working with someone, and having every aspect dotted in a binding contract it’s there and plain to see.
Give Your Builder Space
The big thing about working with a builder is that the final decision lies with you at the end of the day, after all, you’re paying for it. But you need to respect their space so they can work. By all means, ask questions, but don’t breathe down their neck every second of the day. Yes, you may have concerns, but if you have any, be respectful. You’re entitled to change your mind if you really think that something isn’t working, and it can be a long journey to get right, but by having a decent relationship with your builder, it will be the worthwhile foundation to getting your dream property the way you want it to be.
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