Employing a Builder – The Honest Truth Part 2.Beat The Cowboy Builder
Here is a fact you may not know when employing a builder, the actions of this builder are not criminal actions they are a civil matter. You have to prove that in any court that he has acted in an unprofessional manner, that is not easy to do. You have to take this person to court and the costs of the court case will be yours if you don’t prove your case, that’s the law of the land as it stands today.
As far as I am concerned the law is wrong but unfortunately there is nothing we can do about that so where does this leave you? You have to find the money to get your job put right and the money to afford to fight a court case, not the best position to be in is it? This is all down to working on recommendation and trust. Employing a builder again is probably not what you want to be doing at this stressful time.
I have to say at this point not every builder operates in this way but unforeseen circumstances can lead to a person not being able to keep control of their finances and the person who suffers for this is the one at the end of the line is YOU.
So what can you do about it? Well, there are options for you to consider.
One thing I have to be quite clear about is your home insurance does not cover you for any construction work being carried out on your property. When employing a builder we strongly recommend you speak with your insurance company and take out a cover policy for these alterations. Ensure you include in this policy builder bankruptcy protection, a lot of builders can go bankrupt during the course of the works.
In the first instance you can obtain a copy of our construction management guide – Beat the Cowboy Builder The Guide will give you all the information you require to obtain a professional job of work.
Our building guide can be bought as a family guide that can be used by other members of your family if and when they have works carried out. This guide has been personally written by me, Ron Pye and I ask you to believe me when I say this guide is a god send. Accumulating 40+ years of building experience it will flag up any problem with your builder long before it happens, it gives you that much protection. It is an A to Z of what to do and what not to do at every stage of your construction project.
It’s written in plain easy to read language that you can understand, it is not full of builders jargon. The guide does not tell you how to build it shows you what to consider when employing a builder, how to manage a build and what warning signs to look out for. It leads you through your project stage by stage from setting up your project to completion, it is a must have, a font of knowledge and guidance.
Continued soon in part 3.