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Building a House – Mistake No. 3

Building a House – Mistake No. 3 is the third in our series where we use our experience of the mistakes people make when design designing and building new home design. The process is very simple if you know what you are doing. However, mistakes occur when in experienced self builders decide to go it alone. Here we present our third mistake to avoid.

Building A House – Mistake No. 3

Changes are made during Construction.

The design phase is the place to make changes to your new home design.  Making changes to your new home design during the construction phase are always more expensive.  Why?

When choosing a builder, the traditional design – bid – build method of procurement is adversarial in nature and challenges builders against each other to submit the lowest bid.  The lowest bid usually wins the contract.

The cost is not just financial. Their could be delays in acquiring the supplies needed and your completion date is likely to change. Once the builder has been appointed and you start to make changes you lose the competitive edge and in essence the appointed builder can effectively charge you what he likes.

Using this example, let’s assume the builder is delayed through his own fault by let’s say 4 weeks.  (If included) Under a building contract you would be entitled to compensation for the builder not finishing on time. The builder would use your changes during construction as an excuse to recover this four-week delay.

What You Should Do

You should reduce the number and size of changes you make by considering your needs early in the process. If you know what you need early, PS9 Architects Manchester can help you to incorporate these features into your initial design.

PS9 Architects Manchester are experts at helping Clients understand their needs and wants early in the process.  We also have some unique tools to help communicate the design to you.  These tools help you understand your project easier.  If you would like to talk to a professional about your project, call us on 0161 401 2009.  Alternatively, use the contact form by clicking here.

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Building a House - Mistake No. 3 is the third in our series where we use our experience of the mistakes people make when design designing and building new home design. The process is very simple if you know what you are doing. However, mistakes occur when in experienced self builders decide to go it alone. Here we present our third mistake to avoid.
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