Steps you can take to help your builder (and how to avoid hindering your builder)


Misunderstandings between you and your Builder and his team of professionals can cost you money or leave you unhappy with parts of the project. This is another area where you might start feeling like you’re over-doing it with the questions and clarifications, but Building Professionals are not mind readers unfortunately. If there’s something you don’t understand on the plans or in your contract, it’s always better to have someone explain it up front. As with nagging doubts during the construction process, you’re better off clarifying any questions you may have before work gets started, so there won’t be confusion once you break ground.

If you check your email frequently, it’s probably the best way to communicate with your contractors. Not only can they send you questions without disrupting your day, but you’ll have your correspondence in writing in case something goes wrong. Make sure your contractor also has your mobile or work number, so he can reach you quickly with timely questions. Not only will that help avoid confusion and mistakes, but quick communication helps keep your project on schedule, because no one will be waiting around for your responses.

Little things mean so much

Your home site is your builder’s workplace. So don’t forget to praise good work if warranted, we all feel fantastic when our hard work appreciated.

Make sure invoices are paid on time so you can get your keys to your new home.

A cup of coffee goes a long way!

Don’t overstay your welcome

Try to stay out of the way of contractors as it can be at times inconvenient, unsafe and nobody likes being watched on the job. By all means go and look at your house, but try and do it when there are no contractors on site as it can be a safety issue and don’t tell them how to do their jobs as this causes confusion and frustration all communications should be through your Builder.

The Builder cannot change the weather

Yes, it is super frustrating when torrential rain starts on the day your slab is scheduled to be poured but the simple fact is house building must stop in extreme wind, heat or rain.

If bad weather delays your build, understand a builder with multiple jobs will attend to the oldest ones first and may not be on your job on the first dry day, Thompson says.