FAQ 5. - The Builders Quote or Tender

1. FAQ question How do I get a good Builder and a good quote from a Builder?
  FAQ question Traditionally the way to get a quote or tender from a builders is to, first "select your Builders" and really there should be about three to four maximum, if you have a lot of Builders tendering you will loose credibility and most likely will not get a good tender. Set a date for handing in of tenders and, stick to it, and then decide or negotiate with the lowest Builder if you need to further clarify your quote.
2. FAQ question How do I select my Builders?
  FAQ question As discussed in previous FAQ's you need to build your Builders list from local knowledge which includes friends and family and Builders building in the local area. Someone that you know has employed a Builder recently, may be family or friends. There is always building in your local area, introduce yourself to the Builder and show him a sketch plan of your job to test out if he or she is interested. Get a list from the Builders Association (Master Builders and Housing Industry Association in Victoria) for your local area, use your local Telephone business directory, advertise in your job in the local paper.
3. FAQ question Why would a Builder want to build my building, and what would turn him off from my project. In other words how do I put my project on top of the list of a builders possible work.
  FAQ question Builders work on turnover, that is the quantity of work that they are able to do generally determines their profit. To achieve good turnover Builders need to have all of the information in front of them. So if a Builder looks at your information (Your working drawings and specifications) and thinks that the information is inadequate he will either  lift his price or place you at the bottom of the list of the jobs he has to choose from.
4. FAQ question What makes a good set of Working Drawings
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Detail and the inclusion of all information required to build the building is a good set of working drawings. This means that your documents must be made up of not only plans elevations and sections that is generally required to get a Building Permit, but also;

building details showing all constructions details, wet area details and all wet area wall elevations - showing tiles and cupboards, electrical plans showing positions of all electrical items, roof plans showing positions of protrusions, finishing plans showing material joint details and a competent set of Specifications with an appropriate set of schedules describing fittings and fixtures etc..

5. FAQ question Can other drawings be brought forward as needed, and selection of fittings and fixture be done when the building is in the process of being built rather than when selecting or tendering for a Builder?
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As stated before the Builder makes his money on turnover, this means that if all the information is not in front of him when he places his quote/tender he may have to wait for you to "select" or "decide" what type of cooker or color of grout for your tiles - this result in extra time added to the time it takes to build or extra effort in coordinating his tradesman as your selection may be different than expected.

If he takes your job anyway - this will mean extra cost because a builder method of dealing with uncertainty is to add for possible expenditure. In the very least it will certainly mean that the building time will extend further than expected adding tension to the whole job. The best possible solution is to have a well detailed set of drawings, with a full specification showing all fitting fixtures and finishes that form part of the selected Builders contract. This means that the Builder knows that all the information is in front of him and he can schedule materials and trades to complete the building quickly - the quicker he completed the work, the quicker he gets his money and - ever more importantly for him, can start on the next ob.