Key Questions to ask your builder
For many people choosing a builder is tough and confusing process where no clear guidelines or rules really exist. I can be hit and miss affair with people only finding out many things too late in the process when things have turned pear shaped.
When choosing a builder to work on your build or renovation, look for builders who have a strong reputation, solid experience and can provide a detailed quote about your project that fits the budget. It also important that you get on well with your builder on a personal level as you will be dealing with on sometimes complex issues for a good length of time.
Less reliable builders have tarnished the generally very skilled and professional approach of the majority of the industry by using strategies to try to pull the wool over the eyes of clients. Be aware and ask the right questions and you should have much smoother ride. A key item to be aware of is the use of “provisional sums”. These are sums that are included in a builders quote but which are subject to vast differences in reality. At best they can be described as builders “guesstimates” without much detail and a large allowance in price movement. They are also allow for a builders margin of 20% on top of any cost. Often builders will put unrealistic provisional sums together that are very low in order to try to get a client to sign a contract.
Demolition costs also need to discussed with the builder. If you are doing any sort of extension or renovation on old or new dwelling, some sort of demolition work will be needed. If demolition work has been included the provisional figures, it is likely to change significantly, and not in downward trajectory either. In a perfect world the costs should not be a provisional sum, but rather included in the true cost of the work to be carried out.