Embarking on a building project is an exciting venture in life. It may mean that you are about to build that dream home that is going to be your haven for the next few decades of your life. Then again, you may be adding an extension on to your existing property or even making significant changes to where you live.
Whatever your personal situation may happen to be, one thing is for sure; you want to find Canberra builders that will not only deliver on your expectations but will far surpass them.
Of course, this can seem like quite a daunting endeavor. After all, in our locality, there are many Canberra builders to choose from, all of whom may seem to promise the earth. What can help you to make a choice that you will benefit from for years to come? Allow us to guide you through the decision-making process.
Approaching Prospective Builders Is Not Your First Step
We know this one may sound a bit confusing but stay with us a moment, there is a method to our madness! Good Builders are great at pricing – once they know exactly what their client wants! However, if you approach builders for prices, and ultimately make your final choice based on these prices, without giving them a solid indication of what you need, you may end up getting a nasty surprise when that bottom line starts to go up and up as the project continues.
It’s easy to avoid such a nightmare of a situation; in fact, it’s simply about a little forward-planning. Firstly, sit down and outline exactly what you need your new build to have. You could include a few of your ‘wishes’ as well, although, of course, your budget will determine whether they will come true or not.
Once you know exactly what you need you could even consider getting drawings, or at least detailed information, drawn up for the project. In fact, you may even find it wise to get a ‘schedule of works’ drawn up. This will outline what is included and what is not included. By taking this approach you put yourself in a better position to get realistic prices from potential builders and make a comparison that will really be beneficial.
Know Your Project And Know The Builders
Builders who specialize in small residential properties may create incredible homes which are solid, attractive and perfect for their purpose. However, could they attain the same level of quality if they were asked to build a luxury retail project? The answer may be a resounding ‘No’. Hence, the importance of analyzing the Canberra builders in the area and narrowing your search down to choices who specialize in the type of building that you have in mind.
Cheap Is Not Always Cheerful
We know that in many areas of life you can save yourself a few dollars and opt for a cheap choice, without coming to any harm. Trust us, when it comes to selecting which of the Canberra builders will carry out your project, it’s not a time to embrace your inner ‘cheapskate’! Remember, the building that is about to be created is going to serve a crucial purpose in your life, you are going to make memories there and enjoy life in those four walls; you will struggle to do any of that if you have a building that is constantly bombarding you with quality issues.
Communication Is Crucial
Once you have narrowed your list down to several choices who can price within your budget, are experienced in the type of project you have in mind and give evidence of high-quality work you still have to get those choices down to a single one. This is where you need to use your ‘gut instinct’. Which builder did you feel the best rapport with? Who had a communication style that was similar to your own? Which did you feel really understood the project that you have envisioned? You can learn a lot from your gut instinct, so make sure you listen to it!
Indeed, we know that when it comes to Canberra builders there are plenty to choose from. We hope that the tips we have outlined above will get you on the road to a great decision.