While we will supply you with outstanding, reliable builders, have you thought about all the questions you’ll need to ask them? In this article, we will look at some of the things you’ll need to clarify for a family home build preparation.
Firstly, talk to your builder about your family needs. For example, you may need plenty of space with airy rooms to accommodate yourself, your wife, 3 kids and 2 labs (though, of course, those numbers could change in time). Ask what would be a good design for your needs.
If you are building up, good on you! However, describe the problems you may be having in your current house that you want to avoid in your new one.
Does your builder take care of the building code or is that someone else’s responsibility and, if so, whose? Can your builder guide you on this?
Are you going to be given a total quote for the project before starting? What is an “extra”? Will it mean additional budgeting?
Will be you be given a finishing deadline?
On the building content itself:
Who decides which materials and textures are to be used in the build?
What about fixtures and fittings? Who supplies and fits them?
What about landscaping? Will it be included in the overall costing? Are landscape features guaranteed?
I am sure you cannot even imagine having the patience to just sit back and wait for the final result, so find out if and when you will be allowed on site and whether you can inspect the work as it progresses.
And now for the nasty bits (that we hope will never come up, but need to be mentioned anyhow)
If your builder does something you don’t like or hadn’t agreed to, what recourse do you have? Will you be able to stop the work if you and your builder disagree?
For your own piece of mind, always write down any verbal agreements. Remember, if things are not clearly noted or are misinterpreted, it can lead to a lot of wasted time and angst, so talk to your builder – he’s there for you!