Buying a section
People who buy flat sections usually buy packages from house companies because they think that is the only way they can get a section. Have you ever noticed that house companies vary rarely build on hill sides? That is generally because they have inexperienced carpenters who don’t have the experience. You will find that the developers will sell you a section without strings attached to house companies. It is usually the agent who has links to house companies. Have you worked out why that is?
The best time to talk to a builder is before you buy a section. Even before you talk to a designer. Nobody knows better the cost of building than the builder. He is the one you are going to spend the most money with so consult him first. Most builders will meet you on site free of charge.
Once you have chosen a section than your builder can advise you on what type of designer you should be using. Your choices range from architects, architectural designers to draughtsman. Each has different qualities and of course charges.
By talking to your builder early on you can understand how house costs are determined and this will help you in attaining your dream home within your budget. It is best to know before expensive plans are drawn if you can’t afford your dreams. I have heard many stories from clients who did the design work first only to find they couldn’t find a builder who could build the house within the clients budget. As I said earlier nobody knows costs better than your Builder.
Always have a contract approved by your lawyer. This protects both the Builder and the Client. Generally I prefer a “fixed price” contract. This means that the price you have been quoted and agreed upon in the contract is what you pay. The only way this can change is if you as owner make changes to your design or requirements after the contract is signed. Quite often builders will use “PC Sums” for certain items in a house. These are usually related to bathroom fixtures, kitchens, tiles and carpets because an owner usually has not finalised exactly what they want when they commence building. Builders will often “tag” the sub floor excavations and backfill with a clause that is subject to an Engineers design and inspection. This is because we cannot guarantee what the condition of the ground is like especially on hill sides.
The contract will specify a start date and more importantly a completion date.
This refers to work that is invoiced based on time and material. An hourly rate and margin on all materials and sub contractors is agreed on before commencement of work. This usually happens on hill side homes requiring renovations.
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