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Variations to the works

However, as the work gets going, you may find that you want to make changes to the plans. A visit to suppliers may trigger a desire for a different type of flooring. You may want to enlarge the glass doors to the outside, or change the location of the kitchen sink. Or you may simply want more electrical outlets.

Professional builders will gladly attempt to accommodate any changes or additions you want to make, even as the work is in progress. But before you make any decisions, consult your builder.

  • Sometimes even small changes can have a significant impact on cost. It may mean changing some aspect of the construction. For instance, a change in floor coverings may call for different sub-flooring.
  • Changes can also result in delays. Your builder works with a tight construction schedule and subcontractors who move from one task to another and from one home to another according to a timetable. If the schedule or sequencing of tasks changes, it may mean waiting for the trades to be available at different times, which in turn may affect other aspects of the work as well as the cost.
  • Changes or additions should be documented as written variation documents signed by both parties. As part of this document your builder should detail how the change in the plans or scope of works will affect the price. This eliminates misunderstandings and ensures that everyone knows what has been agreed to.
  • Variations are considered extras to the contract. Ask your builder to explain how you are expected to pay for them: as a separate item, as part of the next scheduled draw or upon completion of the work.

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