Once you’ve tried working with a design-build company, you’ll never want to go the traditional design-bid-build route again. You will no longer want design and construction services split into separate companies with separate contracts.
I know what you’re thinking. Yes, we are certain we are a great design-build company! But let me give you the list of criteria, so you can choose for yourself.
Having a good design-build company working on your home renovation or home extension project is always desirable. It means having a team that is used to working (well) together. You can expect a cohesive flow of work from initial concept through to completion.
You have guidance from the conception to the completion of the project
A good design-build company will provide a seamless delivery of service from conception to completion. They will take care of details on your behalf like applying for CDCs or DAs, obtaining structural certifications, site preparation, organisation of trades and final handover.
They streamline the process so you can relax more!
You can partner with them
When evaluating design-build companies, choose one willing to partner with you. A partner is more willing to pass savings back to you. This type of relationship doesn’t incentivise cutting corners.
Check how they interact with you. Do they listen to your wishes or are they more interested in pushing their own approach?
In the end, you will be the one living in your home. So your design-build company must make sure your renovated home will be right for your individual needs.
Also, take a look at the relationship of the professionals under a single design-build company. If they have been working together for a many years or even decades, you can be sure they are a real team.
Proof of their high-quality design-build construction is easy to obtain
A good design-build company should have decades of experience and proof of superior craftsmanship that shows great attention to detail and commitment to quality in the work that they do and materials they choose.
It’s best to ask for a portfolio or request for a site tour. It should also be easy to verify their performance with past clients via testimonials or a phone call.
Ideally they have been operating in your local area for many years and can therefore show you local homes they have designed and renovated.
They will give you a firm quotation
A full-service design and build company has the advantage of being able to give you a firm quote very early in the process. There shouldn’t be any questionable costs in the middle or at the end of the project.
In a traditional design-bid-build route, the design is completed separately. Which means there is no certainty about how much the design will actually cost to build until much further down the track.
They are a team of experienced and licensed professionals
The greatest design-build firms feature licensed professionals. When things go wrong, being professionals, they will work as one team, making sure they complete the project on time.
They should also be in strict accordance with the Building Code of Australia, and all contracts should be insured with the Home Building Compensation Fund.
A reputable design-build firm should have no issues with their license and track record.
They have decades of a good and spotless track record
We have touched on this before, but this is such an important point.
Has the company been operating for a decade or more? Have they operated in the same area for this time?
You can also check for records of bankruptcy and unlawful activity. Google is your friend here. Nowadays, it’s easy running a search on any design-build company without having to leave your home. For example, search for ” bankrupt” or ” problem”.
Choose a design-build firm with a clean track record that operates under a strict code of integrity and professionalism.
So there you have it. I hope you find this list useful.
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