POST: 27th AUGUST 2021
The value in doing it right
The end value of your renovation depends on choosing the right contractor, to deliver your project on time, with ethical workmanship at the right price - and that's not easy. But it's essential in achieving the result you want:
- Longevity in product performance and function.
- Compliance in the build process and materials, with further safety and security in the overall product
- Usability, efficiency, and satisfaction in the product use
- Genuine increase in your home's end value.
Engaging in the wrong contractor, materials and design process runs the risk of overspending and potentially devaluing your property.
Choosing your contractor
Apart from checking the mandatory legal requirements that your contractor should have, such as the appropriate licensing and insurance cover, a few further aspects can be taken into consideration in determining the right builder.
- Personality: This can be a major difference in otherwise similarly qualified builders. Considering that building projects are often lengthy, getting along with your builder and enjoying their company can only be a plus
- Flexibility: Building projects inevitably throw up surprises. Having builders who are adaptable and flexible will maintain a smooth workflow, without exacerbating variation charges
- Inquisitiveness: Good builders ask a lot of questions, anticipate many answers to those questions and already have solutions ahead of time. This foresight reduces delays and surprises which can turn into major problems
- Transparency: Throughout the entire project, transparency reflects honesty and craftsmanship. The right builder will be clear on invoicing, scheduling, and even errors on their own part. This will result in clearer communication, a more successful project, and a satisfied client.
It's hard to ensure you have the right builder, especially if you haven't been through the process before. Even when you seek recommendations and look at past projects, it can be difficult to compare one builder to another. My advice is to ask the right questions, spend adequate time researching and getting to know your builder, and ultimately go with your gut feeling.