When building your home, there is a possibility that you may be conflicted over whether to hire a contractor or conduct a DIY build. Well, each of these two options has its benefits and downsides. The extract below offers some valuable insights to help you make a reasonable decision.
The primary benefit of a DIY build is that it gives you total control over your project. As the project manager, you decide when to source materials, divide construction work, install interior fixtures, and build external amenities. You will also save money since you do not have a builder at the site.
Unfortunately, the risks of a DIY build outweigh the benefits. For instance, since you do not have any experience in construction management, you could source inadequate materials. Besides, your employees at the site could have conflicts since they do not have a clear job description. There is also a risk that the construction works might not meet the building code requirements.
So, how do you overcome these issues? The best way is to hire a builder but maintain the overall project management role. The builder will guide you through the project and explain the rationale for the various decisions made at the site. Besides, the professional can give you hands-on responsibilities such as concrete pumping, laying bricks, installing internal fixtures or the roof. In such a way, you maintain the autonomy of your project and enjoy free training from your builder.
Hiring A Professional Builder
Proponents of DIY builds might argue that builders are expensive. However, there are numerous benefits of hiring a builder:
- A builder will conduct an assessment to determine the viability of the project. Typically, they will check the soil quality, underground amenities, and land contamination. Besides, they can easily tell if the budget is adequate.
- Buildings in Australia must be sanctioned by building surveyors. An experienced builder understands the building code and the required standards. If you opt for a DIY build, you could be required to make regular and expensive rebuilds.
- Builders have general liability insurance that compensates the client in case of an accident that damages the pre-built building. You may not qualify for this cover if you are a DIY builder.
- The builder can easily predict construction challenges. For instance, they could halt the construction of walls if the weatherman predicts a storm. Additionally, they can ask you to buy construction materials in advance if they think prices will hike.
Professional builders afford you the convenience of attending to your daily hassles as they build your home. You should not be worried about construction standards since you will have a building surveyor supervising their work.Share