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Organising Trades People on Your Building Project

You’ll hear us harp on about following step by step processes when building a home. This helps you (and the trades people you hire) to stick to the time-frame and budget.

There are so many ways during both the administration and construction phases where time slips away. And wasted time means wasted dollars.

As we’ve said before, never assume people will do as they say. Follow up frequently to make sure your project is running as close to plan as possible. If a Tradesperson lets you down consider incentives to get them back on track. Never ‘lose it’ with them; a sure-fire way of losing them! Remember we need them. In most economic climates of the future you are going to need them more than they are going to need you. Use the ‘nice pest‘¬†approach and discuss the issue in the right manner.

A way of saving time and sticking to budget is organising your Trades People. Never be afraid to have more than one trade on site at one time, in particular if its internal and external works happening at the same time. For example an electrician and a plumber should be able to work together, however, a plasterer and a water proffer can not. A brickie and a roofer should not. A tiler and a painter does not work either. A carpenter should be on site most of the time and he can work along side most trades.

A well organized job, scheduled and monitored 24/7 will give you a great end result. If you get the mix right you will find trades will accept other trades, providing they are not working on top of each other.

Building Quotes and Services

When Owner Building it is so desperately important that you are certain of what services you need. And the word ‘need’ is not to be used loosely…

The amount of times Owner Builders have paid for services that simply aren’t necessary is tragic. Please, before you approach any service providers, check with us at UBuild Homes. You may discover you don’t even need the service, or that we can get you superior results at a lower cost. That’s why we’re here – to help your Owner Builder experience to be successful and economical.

Another important component to Owner Building is getting accurate quotes for every piece of work or service. Please do this BEFORE you sign any contract or begin a project.¬† We know of Owner Builders who have instructed professional firms such as drafting, structural engineers, surveyors, Geotechnical engineers and so on to proceed with works without ever so much as an idea of what the costs will be. The job is completed in some cases with lengthy time frames, and when the invoice arrives the Owner Builder’s jaw hits the floor.¬†

Every little step of the way must be quoted in advance and again get advice on what you require to complete your project.

Recently an Owner Builder came to us for help after he had paid over $2,000 for his plans and a further $3,000 for engineering. The tragedy was that the plans were of a low quality – in particular for what he paid! UBuild Homes could have supplied him with better quality plans for a fraction of the price… and the engineering – he did not even require that service. He could have saved almost $5,000 in just two service areas of Owner Building had he come to us first for advice.

When frames and trusses are being quoted most Owner Builders will not know that most frames and truss plant will not include any structural steel beams in the quote. If this happens the Owner Builder may not even realize these beams are required to erect the house – and your Carpenter will leave the job because these beams are not on-site… simply because nobody advised the Owner Builder that the beams needed to be ordered seperately. In some cases structural steel beams have to be fabricated and this can take some weeks. If this is the case, your Carpenters won’t be prepared to just hang around on your site during that time – they’ll leave and you may not be able to secure their services again for some time.

And you also need to know ‘where to spend’ on services and where you don’t need to.

We have recently refused to do business with a potential client because she did not want to spend money on an accurate set of plans. She had no idea how vital these were. Her own plans were very confusing and Trades will use inaccurate or confusing plans to blame for mistakes during construction, and double charge you to rectify the mistake.

Be a Nice Pest

Need to get things done in a timely fashion? Such as get a Plan passed through Council? Or get a Supplier to replace damaged goods?

Well, then be a pest – but be a nice one.

Unfortunately, some people who want things done just don’t know the right way to be a pest. That sounds strange, I know, but there is a difference between being a Nice Pest and an Annoying Rash.

Being a Nice Pest is about calling often, enquiring on how the job is progressing, and influencing the person responsible for providing you with a service to do it in a speedy fashion – so they can get rid of you! You’re just nibbling gently at the service provider’s conscience to get the job done. Eventually they will get your file to the top of the list just to make you go away. The trick is to be nice and pester gently and often.

The Annoying Rash approach is aggressive, arrogant or overpowering. If you are a bully you may find yourself being totally ignored and the service you were hoping for might either be well below par or never eventuate at all. But then don’t make the mistake of going to the other extreme. If you are quiet and fail to follow up on what you want, you could be waiting for a very long time. Remember, there is a larger percentage of unreliable and inefficient employees than there are efficient ones.