A bit of a spin off from the 'electrical work done after handover' thread as well as a question specific to a dilemma we are facing, I'm wondering what work you had done or are looking at getting done independently from the builder AFTER handover. Things like painting, concreting, flooring, robe fit outs etc.
We need to get the cost of our build under a certain amount of dollars with the builder to avoid a council levy particular to our block. The council have suggested we get the alfresco area taken off the plan and get it done after handover, but when I've called a couple of local carpenters they've seemed hesitant and suggested it might end up costing us extra. However, I get the impression some jobs can be done with more choice and for a cheaper cost if left to be done after handover. There's also then the issue of warranty if things are done independently.
So, please tell me about the jobs you've done/you'll be doing after handover and why (cost, choice, etc). Are there any you regret taking out of the contract and now wish you'd left for the builder to do? Any stories appreciated. Anything else I should be considering?