Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

Top 3 Mistakes in the Construction Industry

Construction & Contractors Blog

Construction is a complicated process involving lots of labour and material, whether in the commercial sector or home building. Despite this, the demand for construction is ever increasing, and the number of those involved in the construction business is on the rise. This creates stiff competition, and those seeking construction services are spoilt for choice. If you are in the construction industry and want to stay on top of your game, here are some mistakes you should avoid.

Failure to involve good consultant engineers.

Construction managers may hesitate to hire consultant engineers due to the fees, or they'll hire unqualified engineers to mitigate their costs. However, these engineers are monumental, particularly in large construction projects of a commercial nature. They are mainly needed in the early stages of construction for planning and estimation. Consultant engineers are also invaluable in some of the more technical aspects of construction such as installing a lighting system that meets the specific energy requirements of the building. You may also involve them whenever a problem comes up during construction instead of just trying to bluster your way through it. Such engineers could end up saving your costs by foreseeing future hassles and avoiding them.

Making unrealistic timelines.

Clients are always impressed by building companies or constructors that are able deliver their promises. While offering a short timeline for the construction project may be pretty attractive to your client, always ensure that it's feasible and that the building quality is top notch. In the course of construction, remember that various obstacles are inevitable, and you need to account for them in your schedule. Delays may occur, or the workers may even go on strike, so try to plan for these eventualities. However, in the event of a delay, make sure you give your client a legitimate reason why the proposed timeline is no longer feasible.

Alienating realtors.

Many builders make the mistake of not hiring real estate agents with the misguided notion that they are saving money by avoiding the commission charged. If you're building to finally sell the house, then not having an agent would be a huge mistake. Realtors are in constant communication with prospective buyers, so you have a greater chance getting the best client for the house. Realtors not only help you get clients, but they also help you price your property correctly. You need to ensure that the building is priced well in relation to the current market prices, and realtors would offer the best information.


15 August 2016