The home building process
Building Blunders - Avoid the Pitfalls
Building the home of your dreams is an exciting process. You get to have things the way you’ve always wanted. You get to choose the tiles, the colour scheme and the fixtures. You’ll look forward to your first dinner party in the kitchen, the kids playing in the backyard, or relaxing in your new bath after a long day.
So if the project doesn’t start off the way you planned, it can be quite stressful. Delays in schedules or unexpected additional costs from your builder can take the gloss off the whole experience.
After more than 35 years in the building industry, we know that it’s the work you do before even starting the build that’s the most important. Here are the three ways your building project can be derailed, and what to do about it.
- Not researching council guidelines and regulations
Some builders are so keen to get you to sign on the dotted line that they don’t properly research your local council guidelines and regulations. It’s only afterwards that you find out that your design needs to be changed, or access to the block is restricted, or different services need to be installed. These kinds of variations are expensive and completely preventable.
Top tip: When you are looking for a builder, make sure they have experience building in your council area or are prepared to do the research and find out more about your local rules and regulations. What’s standard in one council may be different in another. It may take a little extra time for your builder to find these things out, but you will save time and money in the long run.
- Skimping on the paperwork
- Ignoring the weather forecast
Want to know more before you decide to build? Check out our Raw Facts Brochure.