Construction is an incredibly expensive and time consuming process, with almost every major building project going over projections on at least one of the two. Therefore it is important to be sure that you’ve done everything possible to cut costs and get the job done without sacrificing quality or breaking the bank. Here are five.
Sit down before you even start the job and figure out what can be cut and what is important enough that you simply have to spend top dollar on it. Don’t skimp on things like door supports for doors, windows or anything that’s going to be taking a major strain. Any aspects that are mostly just cosmetic or non-essential can afford to be cut down on a little. Priorities can be a major saver and keep you from wasting anything.
Avoid Change Orders
A builder will inevitably decide that you need different materials, different quantities or different orders in the middle of a project. Figuring things out in advance and taking the time to get measurements as exact as possible will keep these to a minimum. These are a massive cost because change orders often require the buyer to pay top dollar for last minute work. This also costs time and throws off the work schedule, which can cost money in rehiring and delays.
Pick Your Lot
A so called problem lot, a lot that has something of a problem for certain types of construction, will go cheap. Just make sure that the construction you want to do is immune to the disadvantage. Other builders will go the other way and fork out the extra funds to buy a lot with some natural advantages to what they are trying to build. A good survey of the land before building begins can save a packet.
Go Low Maintenance
Buy low maintenance materials if at all possible. While they may cost a little more in the short term the long term advantages of not having to come back and do the job again will keep costs down. This won’t do much for you if the building is for someone else, but if you will have to deal with the property for a long time then definitely buy something you won’t have to go back over and replace.
Not every job requires specific equipment to be acquired for it. If the job is only going to take a few days, or you need one specific piece of special equipment for a while there’s no good reason to fork out to buy things. A builder could easily go to a place like www.mabeyhire.com.au a pick some things up for a couple of days.
Building is costly but it needn’t get ridiculous, spend a little when you need to in the right places and you can cut down on the big stuff later. Remember, forethought will help in most situations and deciding where to spend will lower the need to spend everywhere else.
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