Getting a project off on the right foot is important, and the briefing you deliver for your builder can make or break the project. Developing a brief that is well thought out, researched and fully agreed with all parties involved can help you start your project off right.
1. The Idea: before you attempt to find a builder you need to be clear in your mind what you want to achieve with your project. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a full plan, but knowing what you want to achieve is important. If you are working with an architect, you should have a good set of detailed and accurate plans. Showing these to your builoder at the briefing stage will help them to quote you accurately.
2. Research: The internet is a good place here. This is where you can find out all the information you need, including likely costs.
3. Budgets: Set out your budget before assigning a builder to the job. This helps your builders to plan appropriately. You should certainly allow around 5%-10% for contingency, however a well thought out budget will be a helpful tool for you and your builder.