It is devastating when you find defects in your newly built home. After all you have paid lots to have the home of your dreams, and you have invested emotions and efforts into having your new home constructed. Lots of planning and excitement - then disappointment.
Some defects are easily fixed, while some issues remain a constant problem, especially when water is involved. Fixing building defects can be disruptive and costly.
In our first article in this 3 part series Quality checks for your home building and renovation project we discussed the costs of poor quality - and they are more than just monetary! We also talked about why you should not leave quality only up to your builder and some things to check and how to prepare for your project visit.
In the second part When inspecting your new home build and renovation project you should check we looked at some of the things you must check and look out for during construction.
In this final part we conclude with more things to look for while your home is being constructed or renovated. As they say Buyer Be Warned. I say Buyer Be Educated.
More things to lookout for when visiting your home while it is being constructed or renovated:
Take lots of photographs, especially to record items that you think might be a quality issue.
Care should be taken that you don’t ask for something additional to the specifications, or make changes to the design without considering the additional costs and time which could impact your budget and delay the job.
When entering the project site you should notify the contractor and get their permission (you may have to sign a visitors’ register), wear appropriate safety clothing as required by the contractor (in any case never visit the project wearing sandals or shoes which aren’t fully enclosed), obey all safety instructions and stay away from work areas, preferably be accompanied by the contractor’s representative, and not interfere with operations or give the contractor’s personnel or subcontractors instructions (unless there’s an immediate safety risk) or yell at anyone (no matter how unhappy you may be with the quality or progress).
It’s good practice to arrange a site walk around once a week with the contractor.
It should be noted that the contractor should never restrict you from visiting the project.
Want to learn more about designing, renovating and building houses?
Paul Netscher has written 2 easy to read books 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses - Volumes 1 and 2'. An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses Volume 1 deals with Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home. and Designing your ideal home Volume 2 deals with Finding Your Ideal Property and Designing Your Dream Home.
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I’m a construction professional, author of several successful construction management books, and a home owner. I’ve made mistakes in construction management, I’ve seen others make mistakes, but importantly I’ve had multiple successful construction projects and I’ve learned from the mistakes. I want to share these lessons and my knowledge with you.
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