Our next step in the journey to our completed build/renovation, is my very favourite part of the process, selections. While for some this step is a little daunting, with the right guidance and advice, it can be so much fun. When you compare it to negotiations at quote stage, or the tedious working through of the contract, the selections stage could be considered a reward!
Selections – From Quote To Completion
While all builders have different processes regarding how they do their selections, when needs to be chosen by you the client is generally the same. Working on a whole house build, you will need to make selections for the following:
- Roof tiles/Colourbond
- Garage Door
- Door furnishings
- Floor coverings
- Paint colours
- Bathroom fixtures
- Ceiling Fans
- Kitchen layout and design
- Kitchen cabinets
- Kitchen bench tops
- Laundry cabinets
- Laundry bench tops
Now this may see overwhelming, but when thought about one step at a time, it is not necessarily so. I always find that visualising my house from the road, is the first step to getting the details for outside right, and like wise then for walking through the house.
Use websites like Pinterest to help you get a feel for what it is that you do like, this can then be used to break it down to various parts, like door handles or cabinetry handles. Have a clear picture for the overall look of your home and step it out from there.
Again this will be different for each builder, for most your selections will actually need to be completed PRIOR to the commencement of your home. You will be notified by your builder when it is time to make your selections, you will also be given a list of what you are to chose.
It is extremely important that your selections are completed in a timely manner.
For some building companies this will involve a trip to their office where selections are made over a morning or afternoon. You can expect to see samples of what you will be required to chose from. For other builders you will be given a list of suppliers and have your allowance outlined and it will be left to you to find what you would like.
This process should be spoken about when you are first speaking with potential builders to ensure that the option is right for you.
I wanted to touch base on how important it is to get your selections in on time. Not doing so will cause a delay, those delays can turn into significant delays which will cost you time and money and have the potential for holding up your build for quite some time. Let me explain.
Let’s say you are due to have your tile selection in by 1st September, but you don’t get it through until the 14th of September, in this time the tiles could have gone out of stock, which will result in a delay in delivery, that delay in delivery will result in a delay for the tiler, after all they can’t tile without tiles. Now if that tiler has jobs booked in after yours for a period of one month, your job will be delayed for at least one month, and quite possibly by that stage in the job nothing else can be completed until the tiler has been.
This will also be classed as a delay due to owner and you will then miss any compensation for the delay. So when I say it is important to get the selections done in the time frame allocated, I am not kidding!
In general most builders will have someone who can guide you through this process, and if they do not and you need help, don’t be afraid to contact an interior designer to help guide you through your selections. The selections process is best enjoyed when the stress is taken out, and with some good preparation you too can find that space. This is your time to make your home uniquely yours.
Have you made selections for your new home or renovation? What did you love about the process?