The Benefits of a Builder Who Tells It Like It Is
We asked a question recently on our socials, “Would you rather a builder who tells you what you want to hear or what you need to hear? “100% of the respondents expressed their preference for a builder who tells them what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear.
Embarking on home improvements or renovation planning projects requires homeowners to find a reliable and trustworthy builder. While it can be tempting to hire a builder who promises everything you want to hear, it is far more beneficial to seek out a builder who tells you what you need to hear. To avoid wasting time and unnecessary expenses, honesty and transparency are crucial qualities to find in a builder for you to ensure a successful and satisfying outcome for your building or renovation project.
In the early years of our building business, there were instances by saying that certain requests may be possible, or the scope of work may be within the realms of their budget that we may have given homeowners false hope. However, we soon realised that this approach only led to greater disappointment when the final price or drawings exceeded what the homeowner could afford.
As builders and empathetic individuals, it is truly challenging to be the bearer of disappointing news, informing someone that their dream vision cannot be fully realised. We genuinely dislike being in that position. However, we have come to understand that it is far more beneficial to be frank and honest from the beginning, even if the truth may be difficult or even harsh for a homeowner to hear. Our only goal and intention is for the homeowner to get the best possible result for their investment and time with the builder for their project.
By setting accurate expectations from the start, we can avoid wasting your valuable time, money, and causing unnecessary heartache down the line. Transparency is the key, and we believe that by being upfront about the possibilities and limitations, we can guide homeowners towards making informed decisions that will lead to a successful and satisfying result.
One of the primary advantages of choosing a builder who provides honest guidance is that they set realistic expectations from the beginning particularly in relation to budget and timeline. Through the Perway processes, we work as a team with the other consultants – designer and interior designer and consider all factors such as your budget and priorities and how that ties in with the design you want to achieve. While it may be disappointing to learn that certain aspects of your dream project may not be feasible, it is far better to know the truth upfront rather than face unexpected challenges and expenses down the line.
An honest builder also excels at offering alternative solutions. Their experience in home improvements and renovation planning allows them to suggest creative and practical options that align with your goals and budget. They understand the complexities of construction and can provide viable alternatives to potential obstacles, ensuring that your project progresses smoothly.
The process of planning and renovating a building is dynamic and subject to frequent changes. During the initial phase of pricing based on concepts, it provides an opportunity for you to assess the costs and determine if they align with your budgetary constraints. You can then make decisions based on your priorities, such as choosing to prioritise your outdoor space over having a high-end kitchen and bathroom. The phase allows for an incremental approach, ensuring that you ultimately achieve your desired outcome while staying within your affordable price range.
Transparency is another crucial aspect that open and honest builders prioritise. They keep you well-informed about the progress of your project, any issues that arise, and the necessary adjustments needed along the way. This open communication fosters a collaborative relationship, where you actively participate in decision-making and have a clear understanding of the renovation planning and execution process.
In conclusion, when it comes to home improvements, build or renovation planning, it is essential to select a builder who will not sugar coat the truth. You need a builder who will provide you with realistic expectations, offer alternative solutions, and maintain open communication throughout the project.
By partnering with a truthful builder, you will not only achieve a satisfying end result but also enjoy a smoother, more transparent, and less stressful journey. Prioritise the importance of honesty, transparency, and realistic expectations when choosing a builder for your home improvements or renovation project.
Andy is the Director and Registered Builder for Perway Construction Services. He commenced his career in the construction industry almost 20 years ago as a Carpenter. He offers clients his specialized advice and knowledge on their project, what’s best for their long term return on investment and how to achieve their home renovation dreams. He leads his team of tradespeople to complete successful, quality home renovations.