I have learned a lot of things in my time in the industry, one of the most important things I have learned, I would like to share with you today. Now if you have come for the sensational name and shame here, you are in the wrong place. I believe all builders have their merits, and suit different circumstances. I am not one to talk down about other builders to elevate myself, that said, there is a group of people I would not feel confident in having built my home, and this is based rather a lot more on my lack of knowledge that anything else.
Who I Wouldn’t Build My Home With
There is an issue I have every time I go to site, that no matter how much training I do, or how much I have learned in my 6 years in the industry, I still have this issue. It is this issue that has led me to write this post today, it concerns me greatly as I see a trend growing, that others won’t understand the potential pitfalls of this before agreeing for these people to build their homes.
I’m talking about builders who have not been tradies. There is a growing trend now, of builders who are not tradies. You see anyone can get a builder’s license with the right study, in fact I have considered it myself, however the one point I keep tripping over, is just how much of the technical every day stuff I simply do not have a great knowledge base on, due to never having been on the tools. I could further this by saying that trades who look after a small part of the job, would in my opinion struggle to have the knowledge base required as well.
My concern with this type of builder, is how they can effectively problem solve, or ensure that the trades under their control are doing a quality job. That said builders without a lot of trade experience would be in a very similar situation. I am of the belief that it takes years to inherently understand a house and how it needs to be built or renovated from the ground up and you need that inherent knowledge to problem solve and to ensure the job is of a high standard.
I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, however I feel it needs a voice. Although written in a very general way, I do believe there are exceptions to every rule and that each and every client should deeply research their builder’s abilities prior to signing a contract. If you are confident that chances are your confidence will be rewarded. I do recommend that you understand how they came to be a builder in the first place and take your decision from that point.
Did you know that just about anyone can study to become a builder? Have you had a positive experience with a non-tradie based builder?