The first meeting with your builder is the most important one of all. This meeting will give you the opportunity to see if your personalities match in a way that you can see yourself effectively working together to create your dream. It is an equally important opportunity for the builder to ensure that the job you are looking to have done, fits within the scope of the usual work, and that likewise you are comfortable with each other and have the ability to communicate well. So what should you expect in that first meeting with your builder?
Meeting With Your Builder For The First Time – What To Expect
There is no way I can stress highly enough how important the ability to communicate with your builder is. Your builder should demonstrate being able to listen, comprehend and then communicate with you in a way in which you are both able to understand. The first meeting should very much be about you the potential client, you can expect your builder to ask open ended questions to get you talking about your project. I strongly recommend that you prepare for the meeting by developing a list of questions you would like answered and throw in a few curly ones. A good builder will either be able to answer all your questions or get back to you with an answer, not bluff their way through. Communication break downs are the number one cause for complaints within the industry, it is both yours and the builders responsibility to ensure you can both communicate effectively.
Expect clear communication and to feel comfortable with your builder.
We’ve all read testimonials on websites, but how exactly can you be sure that they were not written by the builders Mother, or a friend? There is only one sure way to be sure that the references the builder is able to provide are the real deal, and that is by meeting with the past clients in person. In our business we offer our potential clients the opportunity to meet with several of our past clients to speak of their own experiences with our business, we also offer the chance to visit a current site. Visiting an ‘in progress’ site gives you the chance to see exactly what you can expect on your job site. You want it to be tidy, look for the safety aspects, watch to see all on site are respectful and getting along, this all gives you the firm indication that the team is well looked after and respectful of their employer, which will generally create a better level of finish.
Expect to be offered a chance to see past jobs.
Outline of the Process
At your first meeting you should expect the builder to outline their process to get you to your end goal. All builders will vary on this process, and you the client, need to be comfortable with how your chosen builder goes about what they do. This is another great area to ask lots of questions, remember that asking questions will give you the chance to ensure that your builder can both listen and communicate. The builder should be able to give you a firm outline of what to expect, but also provide you with anticipated timelines.
Expect to have a firm understanding of the process.
After your first meeting you should leave feeling comfortable and well respected, you should expect your builder to have a firm understanding of your project and for you to have a firm understanding of their processes. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions! You should want to leave the meeting knowing if this is the right builder for you.
Have you met with a builder recently? How did you find the experience?