Why Is It Difficult To Find A Builder For Your Project?
We are often asked how we manage to have such a strong network of good available builders working on our projects. We hear people say that there aren’t any builders available in their area for the next year. How do we do it?
Firstly, let’s understand why there is a perception that good builders are in short supply.
Builders must often tender for work and might only have a success rate of 15% – 20%. It takes a great deal of time for them to put together a properly considered tender where they can be confident they’ll be competitive without being at undue risk of losing money.
It follows that competent builders will only price jobs where they are confident they have sufficient information to do so properly. Comprehensive information also means that anyone else tendering will be doing so on a like for like basis. It means that the project is real, and a meaningful investment has already been made in getting a good end product.
Few builders will price a job based on planning drawings. Some might price a job on building regulations drawings, but these will be very short on detail. Competent builders will only price a good set of construction drawings and a detailed specification.
So, some builders will decline to price projects, saying they are too busy when they really mean the project doesn’t warrant the time they will have to invest. Being unable to get builders to price a scheme probably has less to do with availability and more to do with the quality of the documentation and likelihood of them winning the job on a fair price.
Tendering versus a negotiated contract
The two most widely recognised ways of getting to a fixed price for a bespoke home building project are tender or negotiated contract. When tendering, a pack of information is sent to several builders, all of whom will price for the job. With a negotiated contract, one preferred builder is selected, and a price is negotiated.
If you tender, you can’t involve the builder until the construction package is ready. With a negotiated contract the builder can be involved much earlier in the process. Providing you can be satisfied that they are giving a fair price they can be confident of getting the job.
If friends and neighbours tell you they can’t get anyone to price building work, don’t read too much in to it.
Why we can get builders when we need them
- We involve the builder early on, so they know the project is going forward
- We nearly always work on a negotiated contract basis, so the builder has greater confidence he will get the job (providing we can reach a fair price) and will be willing to schedule it in to their programme of work much earlier than in the tendering process
- Builders like to work with us because of the projects we do, and they know our approach is fair and collaborative rather than the somewhat adversarial nature of many building projects. They will therefore prioritise and make availability for our projects.
If you would like to talk to us regarding this subject or any issues you think may have an impact to your build, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01249 479891, we’re very happy to help.
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