Let me start by saying NO, Never, Don’t, & Stay Clear!
We all watch those TV building & renovating shows & get blown away by how easy it looks, how cheap they do it for & how much money they ‘apparently’ make.
After years of seeing Owner/builder experiences first hand over my time in construction, the only TV show that comes close to the actual experience is the great ‘Grand Designs’.
Every Owner/builder construction I have ever seen has never actually been completely finished.
Owners will get close to the end, lose the passion, find money has dried up & their dream has just become a nightmare.
But just like ‘Grand Designs’ if you enjoy living in a caravan with a family of five for a year, borrowing extra money from relatives or the bank that you haven’t budgeted for, divorce or a living in half completed house, maybe Owner/builder is for you.
Using a registered builder should guarantee you a finished completed project,
on time with a fixed contract price you are comfortable with, that includes all required insurances.
Here is another way to think of it.
As a builder I see how a coffee is made in a café or I see a court room drama on TV & think to myself, I could make that double shot flat white with oat milk with my man-bun like that barrister, or I could stand up in front of that judge as the lawyer & yell ‘you can’t handle the truth!’.
But without the years of experience, education & knowledge I am likely to end up with a drink that tastes like warm milk or get my defendant thrown into jail.
The same theology applies to being an owner/builder.
I find it takes a minimum of two full time people to oversee the construction of a home,
so if you think you are going to do it on the weekends & after work at night-time,
I urge you to think hard about your decision.
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