Before building starts set the ground rules with your contractor
Before your contractor starts work on your home building or home renovation project it's good practice to ensure everything is in place for your project.
Important questions to ask were discussed in our article Questions to ask before starting a home renovation, or building a new house. Then we said to check your insurance Before starting your home building project check your insurance. Another important topic was locating and protecting utility lines Locating and protecting utility lines while building or renovating your house. Of course always make sure this is the right time to start construction When to start your home build and renovation project. Is now the right time? We also noted how important it was to ensure all planning permissions were in place Why you shouldn't start work without all the planning permissions in place.
Right so you've done all that. You've Checking Your Contractor's Price (Quotation). Finally you've awarded the contract to a contractor. Can you let them simply start work?
Well it's good practice to have kick-off or start-up meeting with the contractor and their supervisors and project manager before they start working on your new home or renovation project.
Building project start-up or kick-off meetings
This meeting is useful to:
Don't forget to take down the details of attendees, and importantly their contact details.
Make notes of things you committed to attend to at the meeting, then ensure you follow through.
You may even want to keep notes of the things discussed at the meeting for future reference. Even consider circulating a record of the discussion to all attendees.
Good communication is essential on your building project
It's important to set the right tone for the building project, ensuring that everyone knows what to do, understands project rules and hazards, and knows what is expected from them. You certainly don't want things going wrong with your home building project - especially problems which should have been avoided with good communication.
Of course now that you've had your kick-off meeting and the contractor is good to go that does not mean that you can sit back and relax, returning only when the contractor has finished your new home. In our article When inspecting your new home build and renovation project you should check we examined that you should regularly check your contractors.
This is an extract from the author's book 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses: Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home'.
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