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How Can You Get the Most from Your Builder?

Discussing with builderSelecting the right builder is the key to getting your property development project completed to a high standard. Once you’ve got them on board, however, how can you ensure you stay on good terms?
In this post, we’ll give you some tips on how you can achieve exactly that.

Make sure you communicate

This is something that should start before you hire the builder. When getting your first quote, ask them how they’ll be communicating with you, as well as how often.

Modern building firms have developed to using online project management software to keep you posted on their progress. Instead of making and receiving constant phone calls, you can track your project progress by logging onto their portal. If you’re the kind of person who prefers regular updates, looking for a building firm that use this kind of software may work in your favour.

Regardless of how you choose to communicate, make sure you have clear plans laid out at the start of the relationship. Bad plans lead to bad problems, which cause tensions you don’t want to have to deal with.

Work on Recommendations

Do your research on the building firms you’re looking at by checking out online reviews. If you’ve got friends who’ve had similar work done recently, it might even be worth asking for a recommendation.

If they’re happy with the work, you could well have found yourself your builder. If they aren’t, you’ll know a name to cross off your list.

Know what you want

When you ask builders to tender for your project, make sure you know what you want. Whether it’s interior or exterior, do your best to pick out the supplies and materials you want to use. If you can give your builder a clear picture, you’ll get a price that’s more reflective of the amount of work that needs to be done.

Make decisions when required

One of the best characteristics you can have is being a good decision maker. If you can negotiate any potential hurdles you may meet, you’ll help your project to stay on track and not get delayed.

Decisiveness is a huge advantage to have when overseeing a building project on your home. If you go into a project without a clear mind, you’ll end up changing bits and pieces of what you want done. With changes come time, and with time comes added cost.

Transparency on finances

For a successful working relationship, your builder needs to be transparent on how much they charge, form the start up until the end. On the flipside, you also need to ensure you pay your builder for the work done on time and in full.

If either party fails to uphold either end of this, trust will be lost, which can have a heavy impact on the project as a whole.