all goes well, ends in sight and the builder drops bombshell … the ‘Extra’ account. Remember to ask for a few things along the way … but do not you think it would charge for them. They were only bits and pieces … how could based fee that much for them? This is about the point relationship turns sour. All this can be avoided by following a very strict schedule.
1. Check program and specification very carefully and make sure that they are all you want. There is no point going off the electrical socket and TV points, for example.
2. If you are unsure where you want electric sockets and light points ensure the auction includes a certain number of sockets and light in the room and fixed costs per share for more links and light you want. A double socket can cost £ 100 or more, and this soon add up.
3. Make it clear in your letter reaches you expect the tender to hide all the drawings and specification and if this is not possible, the builder should fit what is not included in its bid. For example, some builders might not want to participate in the decoration or exterior work for the terrace, etc.
4. If you are not sure you want all the work on the plan moving out, asking for the items to be priced separately so that they can be knocked off when you’ve made up your mind.
5. Make sure that the auction day includes labor costs for craftsmen and laborers. If there are any that hold ups you will then know what you are being charged.
6. Make sure that the auction includes a percentage figure for the bodywork and profit on any further work.
7. When work begins not try to ask for anything that has not already been approved. If you really need to make changes to ensure that you know what it costs before you commit. All the little jobs add up to a big bill.
8. Ask the builder if he has a standard form for “variant”. If not Federation of Master Builders’ Association offer free “Changing the work” form to download. Small items can be easily price is dependent on the site, listed on the form and signed by both parties. More variation and emergency work (such as problems in the ground) can be worked out by day labor and materials rates as well as cost and profit ratio.
9. Make it clear that you only pay for additional work if it has been discussed and agreed in writing. Any work not accepted constitutes builders own expense. Make sure that you or someone else can be contacted at all times in case of emergency.
10. Be fair, you can not expect the builder to work for nothing. If you need extra work you should pay it.
Follow these guidelines and you should not only avoid an unexpected bill but also differences.