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If you're about to undertake a development or renovation project, it's vital that you manage the project properly and know when to intervene and when to let the professionals do their jobs.
Blogger: Darren Standish, Property Prosperity
During construction, it is recommended that you check that the building is proceeding according to plan. However, you should ensure that you do not inconvenience or issue instructions to the tradespeople on site.
It is vitally important that you communicate only with the builder or builder's representative; this will ensure that there is common agreement and any changes can be formalised.
During the construction phase make sure you record the details of any discussions you may have with the builder about the construction of your house. This may mean keeping a diary to record all day-to-day happenings, including any discussions with the builder regarding progress of construction. Common discussion points may include how the weather has effected the construction or any other issues that may result in delays.
It is important that you diligently file all paperwork and ensure you keep copies of any letters and notices that relate to the construction of your house.
It may also be a good idea to take photographs of the construction at regular intervals. This detailed record keeping will become essential if there are any miscommunications or problems that may cause disputes at a later stage.
If you are unsure about checking that the construction is proceeding to plan, you can employ an independent building consultant to monitor the construction on your behalf.
About Darren Standish
Darren Standish established Property Prosperity in 2004 initially as a property development company, however after repeated requests for assistance the business evolved into a development consulting business.