We all know it - that crawling, half-seasick feeling you get when you realise you’ve completely overlooked something in the middle of a really big task. It's especially crushing when you're halfway through an enormously expensive building or renovation job.

Changing course halfway through a building job's a great way to haemorrhage cash - chances are you’ll be up for far more money for labour, fittings and fixtures, contract revisions and legal fees, among other things. 

There’s nothing more crucial than careful planning when it comes to meeting budgets and project deadlines. 

To make that easier for you, we’ve created the BUILD checklist series.


How do the checklists work?

The BUILD checklists are dead easy to fill out, and are designed to help you figure out what’s right for your needs before you make any commitments.

Our checklists give you all of the important questions you need to be able to answer before you talk to a builder, tradesperson or salesperson – including all kinds of unusual things you mightn’t otherwise think to ask yourself. Some of the checklists make suggestions based on your responses, and contain useful tips.

How to use the checklists

Find the checklists you need, print them out, grab a pen and go through them carefully. By the time you've finished, you'll have a much clearer idea of what's going to suit your needs.

The checklists are also a great way to paint a general picture of your circumstances and tastes - and a fantastic reference to share with prospective builders and tradesperson to help communicate what you're after before you sign anything.

Come across a question you're having trouble understanding? Do a quick search on BUILD to learn more.

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