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Dispelling Myths Surrounding Auckland House Building Companies

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How to Hire the Best Auckland House Builders

Choosing the right house building company will spell the difference between a successful home building experience and disaster. Regardless of what anyone says, building a home is stressful and can even hurt friendships and marriages. The following are some myths surrounding Auckland house building companies which you need to keep in mind.

  1. Not All Home Building Companies Are The Same

The number of house building companies available always fluctuates because of the instability of the building and housing market. This often results in changes in the calibre of staff that home building companies hire. Some companies retain some highly skilled workers and it is the norm. Other contractors are on the other hand repurposing themselves. They attempt to tackle complex jobs but lack the training and experience. These low quality companies offer services at low rates, deliver dismal results, and give all building companies a bad name.

  1. The Is No Universal Accreditation For All Building Companies

Just because a particular company is licensed or accredited by one organisation, it does not automatically mean that they are qualified to handle your project. Different companies have different licenses and accreditations. You need to ensure that before a particular company like Repair and Restore embarks on your project, it has the necessary skills and experiences. Check the license certificates especially the expiration date.

  1. You Can Use Review Sites Such As Yelp Or Other Similar Ones

Review websites such as yelp are what is trending today. However effective these review and contact sites are, it is no substitute for you doing your homework and checking out prospective building companies. The reason is that such review websites only offer a snapshot of a particular company at a particular point in time. The company might be currently under different management or a particular worker that delivered exceptional results no longer works for the company. If you use such websites, always get references and contact those people who had work done by the company.

  1. All You Need To Ensure A Quality Job Is Building Inspections

This is just absurd. The quality will always rest on the eyes of you the beholder and not building inspectors. Actually, building inspectors just verify that certain aspects of the project meet the minimum requirements of the building code. Always remember that the inspector only inspects the electrical, structural, HVAC, and plumbing aspects of the job. They do not inspect such aspects as painting, flooring, and ceramic tile work, among others.

  1. All Building Companies have Standard Charges

Nothing could be further from the truth. Different companies factor in different elements into what they eventually charge you. Some companies charge higher for jobs in certain neighbourhoods because they understand that residents in such locations can afford them. Similarly, if you seem like a fussy client, the company might factor this also into the charges. However, if you want quality you need to be ready to spend some cash.

  1. You Can Low-Ball The Company

While you undoubtedly want a good price, cheap does not mean good value. However, the contract price needs to be fair for both you and the company. You need a good job delivered in reasonable time and the company needs to pay for labour, materials, and overheads and still make some profit.

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A low contract price will make the company do several things:

  • Cut corners in terms of the materials it uses
  • Harbouring resentment and the company may take it out on you in terms of shoddy work
  • You will have to pay for everything that deviates from the original contract
  • The company might put less qualified personnel on your job
  1. The Building Company Will Clean Up After Working And Protect Your Property

This is a result of watching too much construction and home improvement shows. The people who work for Auckland house builders are there for a specific jobs and pat of the job description is not cleaning up your home. Some employees of these companies could not care less about protecting your valuables. However some Auckland home building companies are very particular about the behaviour and standards of their trades-people. Take Repair & Restore for example. You only have to look at their testimonials to see the detailed care they take with their house building projects.

It is impossible to have a new house building project look neat and tidy while the construction is underway. So to make it easier on yourself and the builders, it is a good idea to leave them to their job. One way to ease the problem is for you not to live in your house for the duration of the project and above all else protect your belongings.

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Reliable Auckland home building companies will be able to provide first-class solutions to all of the above points.