How To Avoid Disputes With Your Builder

In an ideal scenario here would be no arguments. We could convey and idea or expression and it would be understood and implemented as agree. Unfortunately we do not live in an ideal world though and sometimes misunderstanding are unavoidable. in this article I intend to look at the most common types of mistakes or misunderstanding make by builders and how best to avoid them.

The homeowner thinks that there is unfinished work:
Generally speaking when the home building project is coming to an end it is usual to have a ‘walk out’ list. This is a list of tasks which have been agree to be completed once the majority of the work has been completed. This should ideally be signed and approved by both parties before the agreed work has been started. This avoids the situation where items are added ad hoc by the homeowner once it has been agreed.

The home owner has issues with the quality of the work by the home owner:
Of course everyone has the right to expect quality, but at the same time, some people have unrealistic expectations. It is therefore recommended to thoroughly talk through the plans and designs BEFORE any work commences. That way there is little room for disputes later on down the line.

Agree any changes to work beforehand:
Making changes as the design is ongoing is not unusual. However; it is not uncommon for an experienced builder to question whether or not the purchaser has sufficient funds to actually pay for the changes. Again, this can be avoided by agreeing all changes in writing and drawing up a fresh contact. It’s not unusual too for the builder to ask for 50% of the payment upfront. This ensures that the client is still solvent and hasn’t gone over their budget too much.

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It’s not uncommon for the purchaser to feel that the builder is not taking on any concerns he is having with the work which is being undertaken. The answer, I feel is simple. Have regulalr, weekly meetings to discuss and allay any fears you may or may not be having. By staying in touch early you will avoid any disputes later on down the line.

Become familiar with previous works / Get to know your builder:
This is probably the best piece of advice I can give and I speak from experience. Get to know your builder’s previous projects. If possible get recommendations from friends and family if at all possible. This way there will be no surprises later on down the line which will keep everyone happy.

Bembuilders are experienced, quality builders in Sussex England. Please visit our website for more information at www.bembuilders.co.uk

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