Problems caused by the owners

admin | June 28, 2016 at 5:01 am

Make sure you don’t cause problems for your builder by:

  • Failing to do what you’ve promised, for example, arranging the plumber to turn up on a certain day.
  • Failing to pay on time. The builder shouldn’t have to wait for overdue progress payments as they will be carrying the cost of the materials and wages.
  • Failing to make the final payment – some people hold on to the final retention payment for longer than necessary, even after everything has been signed off and faults rectified. This is unscrupulous and may be a breach of contract.
  • Misunderstanding the plans, specifications or contract documentation and making incorrect assumptions. It is difficult to visualise what the finished house will look like, but it is not the fault of the builder if at the end, you say “that’s not what I expected” if everything is built properly to the specifications.
  • Buying materials for the job, without consulting the builder, that are cheaper than the quote for them in the contract documentation (so when there’s a problem with the product it leads to arguments as to who gets it fixed or replaced. Also the builder’s guarantee may not cover it).
  • Going into the project with the attitude that the builder and subcontractors will try to rip you off, without understanding the complexity of the building trade.
  • Having unrealistic expectations, for example, you install cheaper soundproofing and are disappointed when you can still hear people moving around upstairs. Do your homework about these sorts of features and if they aren’t what you expected, don’t use it as an excuse to not pay the builder.