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Oct 19, 2020 3:35 pm
Hi. New to this forum and first time owner builder! Have done many renos before but not to this extent. We are both (spouse and I) project managers in our own industries, but not any type of qualified trade.
Looking to see how others have contracted their carpenter/builder.
Raising a Queenslander, doing a small extension off the back to extend the living and kitchen area, plus a new deck with updated roof line. Phase 2 will be to build underneath.
We have the permit, the plans, the approvals, the cost estimates (done by a cost estimator) and the finance arranged. I will arrange lift, the excavation work, scaffolding, fencing, plumbing, electrical, the new kitchen etc. We just needed a carpenter/builder to do the extension, deck and updated roof line.
We have met with two builders. There has been a suggestion that they just work hourly and invoice at the end of the week. They would procure any materials, add 10% and add that to the invoice.
Should we get them to do a proper quote and contract for the carpentery work? I feel that we need some work of assurance about the quality of work etc and also for insurance purposes.
What did others do? Thanks for any help you can provide.
Re: Do you get the builder/carpenter to work from a subcontr2
Nov 01, 2020 11:06 pm
Both and either.
I find carpenters that I feel good about and discuss with them that you’d like a quote for X work. If they won’t quote It and prefer to charge a day rate ask them for an estimate. Ie how long they thing it’ll take.
And continue until you find a team that will quote you. They’re out there you just have to keep looking.
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