Are you about to sign a building contract for your new home?
Before you do, there is some essential information you need to know first! In this article, we’ll show you what to look out for in a job schedule BEFORE you lock yourself into a legally binding contract!
When it comes to building your new home, there are several things you need to look out for in your contract; namely a Building Schedule! Nobody wants to get messed around by an unprofessional builder. But spotting professional builders in the past has been very tricky. Now, APB are here to help consumers find professional builders. And for the builders, they’ll find clients that want a professional job done – on time and on budget!
There are three main problems that can occur with builders and schedules for your new home:
Number 1 – Most builders simply don’t write schedules
The first problem you may come across is that you don’t even have a schedule to look over. Did you know that 86% of builders do not plan their jobs! These builders don’t take the time to create a schedule for you before you sign a contract.
The reasons why these builders neglect this important step are simple. For starters, making a building schedule is a very time-consuming task. Builders have a lot to think about and often juggle a few different jobs at once, not to mention different quotes at the same time.
The other most common reason that builders don’t give you a schedule is that a lot were simply never trained to do it! Creating a building schedule that coordinates the hundreds of different tasks that need to happen on site is a pretty complicated job, especially for more complicated homes. When you take into consideration that your builder may have several other jobs under their belt at once, writing schedules becomes a daunting task.
Say you’ve found a gem of a builder who has provided you with a contract to sign. That’s great news! Just be sure to get a work schedule as well. About 80% of builders will not stick to the schedule, let alone have one prepared with the contract. As we know, building sites are chaotic places and unexpected issues can crop up. It’s much better for you if your builder provides you with a building schedule with your contract.
You have to insist on seeing a template schedule for your job. If any builder says they will only provide it after the contract is signed, this is a clear sign of a disorganised builder that is putting off the planning on your new home.
Number 2 – Builders without a plan take over 33% longer
You may come across builders that skim over the issue of a fixed handover date. Some builders don’t take the time to order their materials and organise their subcontractors in advance which leads to delays on your home, additional costs, and no real idea when your home will be completed.
The best way you can avoid these builders is to…
Use a builder that uses project management software to run their jobs. Project management software helps your builder to keep things organised and running smoothly. Their software automatically notifies subcontractors and suppliers of deadlines, so even if your builder forgets, the materials & labour will still turn up on time.
Before you sign anything, ask your builder about the last three jobs they did. Did they stick to the schedule, or did they run on time? It’s also a good idea to ask for references to see for yourself.
Number 3 – Inadequate communication during the build, whether it’s online or in person.
Having a schedule allows a builder to set a deadline for each selection item, and get everything they need to prepare for it. It also holds you accountable, as you need to make final decisions by certain dates to get things moving on time. Selecting before these dates is best for everyone – you’ll get the job done according to schedule, and your builder won’t have to add any variation charges and Extension Of Time!
So remember to choose a builder that has your selection choices linked to their job schedule. That way you can communicate your final choices by the date that the builder needs them. It’s rare that everything is finalised at the time of contract signing, but a builder’s online software can allow you a clear way to communicate how you want the job done.
Having seen a job schedule before you sign your contract reassures you that you are dealing with a Professional Builder and will help you to get the job done on time, exactly how you want it. Your new home will be completed on time and you’ll enjoy a smoother process with your builder.
Now you know you need to see a schedule of your job before you sign your contract, but there are 7 other critical areas that you also need to be aware of before you make a commitment.
We have put together a free guide detailing all of the things you need to be aware of before you even begin to look for a builder, to see if they are up for the job.