Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions in the industry.
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AT WHAT POINT DO I CHOOSE MY BUILDER?
This can vary a lot, someone like you might already have a plan and design of what you would like built in place or you might want to have professional expertise of a builder from the very start, which would be a very good idea for you, with new builds, there tend to be complications and important details that only a certified builder such as McHaffie Builders can spot from years of experience. This can essentially, in the long run, help you maintain your build timeframe and budget.
WILL I NEED A BUILDING CONSENT?
The majority of building work you do from new build to renovations requires consent each stage. Whether it be structural, roofing or even moving services, they will all require you to obtain consent. Therefore it would be very vital for you to involve McHaffie Builders from the very start, as we can then guide you on the right path, as we have detailed knowledge of the building industry that we have grasped over the years and can, therefore, educate you on what consents you would be needing, whether for your renovation or your new build.
WILL I HAVE TO LODGE THE BUILDING CONSENT MYSELF?
Certainly not as mentioned before, our team is proficient enough and experienced when it comes to contents and so forth and we will take care of lodging the application on your behalf. We try and make the experience the most enjoyable and stress-free we can for you, so you can sit back and relax and watch your build take shape. Adding to that all our paperwork is combined and handed to you, at the start, so that you can sign and hand it back. The McHaffie Builders team will then hand your consent in for council approval, making it that much easier for you without having to even lift a finger….well just to sign.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF CHOOSING AN LBP?
Work involving the building structure, weather tightness, and design or fire safety systems all require to be completed by a licensed building practitioner. So the benefit is for you, as all of the critical work we will do either for your new build or renovation, you will be covered by our LBP license. Also, the LBP license gives you the added assurance that McHaffie Builders only employ experienced and experts in their field, as each of staff has their LBP license which guarantees your build to be done professionally.
DO I GET A GUARANTEE?
YES! At McHaffie Builders we will give you our 287 Point Quality Assurance Checklist so even the smallest details of home construction are checked, ensuring your home is built to the highest quality. Also, our personal guarantee will be given to you for the added assurance that we will cover you from start to finish.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY PROJECT WITHIN OUR BUDGET?
The only way you can guarantee this is if you enter your build with a full contract. This will give you a fixed price estimate, we will discuss all the prime cost sums and work out if you are likely to spend more on variables e.g. kitchen tiles, carpets etc. Also best to keep in mind that there are some extra costs to the homeowner that are not included in a quote such as, Kitchen appliances, curtains and blinds, garden landscapes, these items can add up quickly, but no stress our budgeting tool will help assist you with everything so you can manage all these additional costs STRESS FREE