Counting the days to meet the builder? Fervently hoping that it doesn’t turn out to be a total waste of time? It doesn’t have to be, and you don’t have to be nervous for the meeting. However, you have to be prepared. This meeting will help you recognize the right builder. You should be prepared with what you should tell the builder and what you should ask the builder.
Before the meeting, it is a good idea to draw up a list of what you want from your small home or granny flat. If you want inspiration you can browse through sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, along with a few designs for some real examples – here is a link to our designs page and gallery.
What you should tell the builder:
- Your budget: All decisions about your home including the furnishings and fixtures will be made based on your budget. It is a good idea to talk to your builder about what you can afford and what you will get for this amount.
- Features about your current home that you like – Include the features you love in your current home, that you want to be in the new home.
- Whom are you building the small home for? – Tell the builder if the home is for yourself or for aging family members. Based on this information, your builder will be able to incorporate appropriate design elements. If it will it be an investment property, it might be a good idea to go for standard designs (subject to your backyard and lay of the land).
- Number and types of rooms – How many bedrooms? Are there customized rooms that you want – such as a hobby room or a home office?
- Additional features – Do you want the granny flat to double up as an entertaining space too? In that case, do you want an alfresco or verandah? Are you looking for any features such as solar?
Bring along any photos, Pinterest boards, screenshots or any other visuals that might have inspired you. It will give your builder a holistic idea of what you are looking for and he/she will be able to work on a true price indication, rather than give you a random number.
What you should ask the builder:
Here are some questions you should ask the builder.
Download the guide on '7 things to ask the builder'
The guide covers seven key questions and all the sub-questions you must ask before signing the contract.
- How long have you been in business?
- How long do you need to give a quote?
- How many projects are you working on currently?
- Who will the point of contact for our project?