FINDING A BUILDER OR CONTRACTOR
The Background to selecting a Builder
There are “horses for courses” in the process of selecting a builder.
In South Australia most General Builders are Licenced with a limit on the value of a construction which they can undertake.
Many builders are experienced in certain areas of construction and therefore may not be efficient in undertaking work unrelated to their area of expertise. In addition their sub contractors may not be suitable for building outside their normal range of work. For example, a builder who constructs office buildings is likely to provide a more costly house quotation than a builder who constructs houses. Of course the reverse is also true.
Alterations, extensions, repairs and fitout require special skills.
The Process for Selection of your Builder
Options for selecting a builder include:
- Word of mouth
- Examination of previous construction work
- Tenders based on independently prepared adequate construction documents and professional advice
It can be an advantage if the construction documents are the property of the owner and therefore a number of quotations prepared on the same basis can be compared. In addition the contract can be independently prepared to include protection for the owner where required. It is likely this will be more expensive but worth the investment.
Other Considerations for finding a Builder Contractor for your Project
Undertaking the building work may include any of the following matters:
(a) Licensed builders have responsibility in a wide range of areas including indemnity insurance, council notifications, certification that the work has been undertaken in accordance with the Building Code and approved documents.
(b) The application of Provisional Sum and Prime Cost Items allowed for in a contract. Provisional Sum Items include supply of the item and fixing on site. Prime Cost Items allows for supply only with the Builder having included the cost of fixing in the contract.
(c) Copyright of designs and construction documents is an area of undertaking building work which should be clarified with the builder and/or the person preparing documents.
(d) Price variation claims by a builder can be a nightmare for the owner. The validity of claims can in most cases be directly related to the adequacy of construction documentation and contract administration arrangements.
(e) Most alterations, extensions and fitout require both a planning and building approval (even if all the work is internal).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE PROCESS FOR FINDING A BUILDER OR BUILDING CONTRACTOR IN ADELAIDE OR REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA PLEASE CONTACT PLANBUILD ADELAIDE