A Day in the Life of a Builder

A Day in the Life of a Builder

It’s 10am… Where’s my builder?!

When it comes to renovating your home, your builder and their tradespeople should be on site every day of your project, right? Wrong! It’s a simple misunderstanding but it’s something we hear often and it’s time we set the record straight – they will be some days when no one will be on your building site. 

But why?

There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, many custom home builders are small-scale operations that must work on more than one job at a time to stay afloat. Brisbane is a big city and highly competitive when it comes to the construction industry, so it’s necessary for most builders to be working on a number of mid-sized renovations at a time. This also ensures we have enough work for our contractors and tradies throughout the year.

While we’re on the topic of contractors and trades, we come to our second reason. Most contractors juggle a multitude of jobs – often not just for the one builder. Sometimes their schedule doesn’t line up with what’s next at your project and we will have to wait until they are available.

For example, an electrician may only be required on your building site for a total of 5 days of the building period, but these will likely be spread out. If our electricians schedule doesn’t line up with your project, there may be times when no one is on site.

While we could choose any available electrician to bring your home to life, we have taken special care in building relationships with high-quality and trusted tradespeople who we believe are worth waiting for.

But my builder is only working on my home?

Even if your builder is incredibly exclusive and only works on one project at a time, there will still be days when no one is physically working on your project. This can come down to waiting on supplies or materials needing to set – for example, a concrete slab takes 1-2 days to set and waterproofing takes at least 24 hours to dry.

The moral of this all is, don’t fret! If we’re not on site every day of your renovation project, your timelines won’t be drawn out unnecessarily. Rest assured that we factor this time into your original completion estimation and quote at the very beginning. Of course, hiccups and delays are unpredictable and can crop up on any project, but it won’t be due to a lack of tradespeople on your site.

What should I expect?

What this issue really boils down to is a fear of the unknown. Many clients have never undertaken a renovation or home build before, so they don’t know what to expect. That’s why we try to manage expectations, ensuring everyone is on the same page at all times. 

At King Builders, we use a software called Buildertrend, which allows us to send regular communication and feedback to our clients. This ensures our clients understand what to expect and when, and means we know who will be on site, when they will be there and what works they will be completing. We can then pass this information onto our clients. Buildertrend is also our method of organising regular site meetings to check up on progress and explain the process to our clients.

At the end of the day, our goal is to complete all of our builds to a high standard, on time and within budget. We aim to keep our clients informed at all times, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be on-site every single day.

Find out more about our process and discover what renovating your home with King Builders is actually like, on our website. If you’re ready to start building, get in touch with our friendly team today!

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