5 Tips to Remember When Working with a Builder

Jan 4, 2021 | blogs

“Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it.” – Frank Tyger

Clients’ satisfaction is the bread and butter of a service company like that of a builder. That means that they would tend to avoid being branded as unprofessional as much as possible. However, it is also true that a construction project can be very frustrating. This often results in misunderstandings, compromised results and negative experience.

5 Tips to Remember When Working with a Builder


What can you do to avoid such an incident to ensure the project will smoothly run? Here are some tips:


Tip no. 1: Choose the right builder to work with

Builders, like other professions, have specialisations too. Hiring the right builder for a specific building or renovation work can be very practical. You can hire from large builder firms to work on your kitchen renovation which they can certainly handle. However, you’ll get that same service for a lower charge when you hire the service of a family-owned builder company.


Tip no. 2: Be Very Specific

Although builders are very well capable of building you a functional and nice-looking house, your desired outcome highly matters. Plan your layout. If possible draw them out on papers or have a professional tradesman illustrate your plan. A structured plan will be very helpful for the builder to materialize your dream home.

Another part of being specific is settling the expenses, logistics and schedule ahead. All of these factors can greatly affect the construction project. Your preference on these matters is also crucial. Ask yourself the following:

  • Who will provide the construction materials?
  • Do you want to let your builder handle the acquiring of resources?
  • Or do you want them to work with your preferred third party?
  • Who will do the finishing touches like painting work?
  • How long do you want the project to run?

This information must be disclosed to your builder before the construction phase to avoid misunderstandings. Professional builders will respect your choices as long as it will remain feasible. Thus, you should not hesitate to talk to them about your plans.


Tip no. 3: Have a contract and stick to it

A contract is an important element in a project. Prepare with your builder the contract as detailed as possible and for both parties to agree to the terms. This is a good way to open communication and address possible conflicts.

Having a contract will lessen the chance of confusion. It will be useful to keep things organized as well and will make the deal fair to both parties. Just keep in mind to abide by this contract as strictly as you wish your builder will.


Tip no. 4: Let the builder do his job

We know how much you want to get involved in building your dream home. However, we do advise that you give your builder the freedom to do his job. Once you have provided the necessary details, the builder will be able to manage the project himself.

You can ask your builder for updates from time to time but let him do his work with minimal interference. Leaving the work to the builder will save time. It will also give your builder a feeling of being trusted.


Tip no. 5: Be as patient as possible

As mentioned earlier, building a house is sometimes frustrating. No matter how much you try to avoid them, problems will arise from time to time. These predicaments lead to impulsive decisions, misunderstandings and conflicts.



We understand how important it is for you to achieve your dream house. It is not only an expensive investment but your very own home as well.

Gillott Constructions share your desire to build the perfect home for your family. We are set to making dream homes into reality since 2000 and have gained satisfied clients over the years.

Do you need a builder for your dream home or renovation needs? Give us a call on 0413 330 559.