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Can you see how a sub could use this against builder when asked why he hasn't finished bathroom yet. "Well client told me two days ago that they were changing tiles to another type." It doesn't matter that you did not say that - but it caused confusion and delayed job by at least two days or more.
Instead of wanting access to subs, with whom you have no expertise, you should concentrate on ensuring builder has proper permits and insurance for building. Especially for workman's comp and for liability.
Few clients realize that they can be held accountable, if builder doesn't have correct insurance.
Let's say that a child comes on to site after builder has left for day. Decides to climb to roof and jump. Guess who's liable? Check references of others clients he's built for.
A Final point on access to subcontractors.
Many house building clients have very poor spatial ability and cannot imagine an overview of space being designed for them - they just cannot imagine finished house, never mind what finished colors and tiles look like.
Because of this, they feel need to be able to make changes at any stage of project. This is what is behind this question of being able to speak to subs. You can make changes to your house design at any time as long as you realize that each change will cost you heaps and blow your budget sky high.
To make these changes you ask architect to request a cost estimate from builder for each change. You then can decide if you can afford it or not. If your request is made at worst possible (most expensive) time, you will be told that as well.
What's answer to all this? Make all decisions about what you want and have them included in your plans and specifications.
What does a builder, expect homeowner to do (other than to pay you as and when agreed).
A builder expects home buyer to be reasonable and realistic in their expectations. The time you spend in planning and thinking about what you want in you home is worth real money to you. If you are not good at planning, an Interior Designer will be critical to your final happiness.
If you can't make up your mind on important aspects of design, go and inspect examples of what you do like and get Interior Designer to incorporate what you want in plan.
The biggest problems that most builders run into is home buyer who change what has been agreed to or is unrealistic in what they want. This is why we have our home buyers sit down with an Interior Designer.
The ASID can sit down with you and help you visualize exactly what you want and help you make any compromises you may have to make.
It is very expensive to make changes during a project. Let's say that you wanted a 17x20 kitchen. Sounds like a big kitchen. Probably too big. However, once cabinets and appliances start coming in you realize that it's too small and want kitchen to be bigger.
This may cost you an extra $50k to make those changes. You can save yourself a small fortune by first working with ASID on floor space, storage, placement, design, and style.
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