For first time builders or renovators, there can be a lot of confusion about the different roles trades and professionals play in the building process. We are committed to providing clarity and can help answer some of your questions before your project is even underway.
Can I just use a building certifier instead of a consultant?
A building certifier will either work for the local council where you are building the house or they may be part of a private practice. Their job is to make sure that the project complies with the approved plans and the appropriate building standards are met. The builder must engage a certifier by law. However, the certifier only checks the foundations before they are poured, the framing for tie-down and bracing so it complies with the AS1684, and at the final stage to deem the house habitable. The certifier:
Ensures the builder complies with the contract or selections made
Is responsible for quality control of the structure
Is not a building inspector
Does not work for the builder or the client
Cares that the house is built, not how it's finished
Is not checking for defects throughout the build
What about using a private building inspector?
A private building inspector is great if you simply want another set of eyes to look over everything. The downside is, you will often pay a company to send someone to site for a one-hour maximum visit. They will find as much as they can, email you the list, then rush off to the next job. Commonly, building inspectors are only available for limited inspections: after pouring the slab, frame completion, pre-plaster, pre-tile, and final completion.
The other disadvantages are:
Companies can send a different inspector at every stage which means you have no continuity
There is no way of checking if any issues were fixed
No contact after or before to ask questions about your build
They won't check contracts or the selections you made to cross check
It is difficult to get private building inspectors to conduct an inspection that is considered out of the ordinary schedule.
Won’t my builder always act in my favour?
In an ideal world – yes, but in reality, that’s not always the case. Have you ever taken your car to the mechanic for a service only to get a phone call to say there is more wrong with it? You really need your car back so you pay the extra right? There is a lot of complexity at play when money and livelihoods are on the line – for you and the builder! So this can make it very difficult to bounce ideas off your builder and get unbiased advice.
Can’t I just call on my “builder” friend for a second opinion?
There is nothing wrong with having a friend with building experience look over your new home. But you still need to know what complies, what the standards are, and most importantly you need to maintain a good working relationship with the builder because they will be the one to address any issues.
How is the consultant different to these other roles?
As the consultant we work for you to protect what may be the biggest investment you ever make! We act as a building inspector, builder and a friend. Whether it is meeting onsite before you start to ask some questions and set expectations, or reviewing selections, perhaps even conducting quality inspections of your new build. Whatever step in the process, you can be assured we will act in your best interest and put you first – always. Bespoke Building Consultants aims to build a long lasting relationship with each client so from the outset of your project and every step of the way you will feel complete confidence in the process and the outcome.