Construction tips; Tips for building a house on a budget
Here are some great construction tips to cut your construction costs;
Construction tips -Select simple floor plans
Complex plans and designs are difficult and expensive to construct. To cut costs, choose simple – rectangular or square floor plans. You should also avoid complicated roof lines. A well-planned home will save you thousands of shillings.
Find economical and accessible plots
You should be informed that the cheapest plots are not always the most economical and accessible. Your costs may escalate if your contractor has to excavate, clear away bushes and trees, roads and infrastructure or provide extended drainage. If possible, go for plots in areas which have access to electricity, gas, and water.
On paper, it looks cheaper to get cheap plans off the streets and use cheap inexperienced contractors. However, this always leads to massive amounts of changes to the structure during and even after construction which will raise the costs tremendously. Make sure you have the right consultants to advise you on the best and cheapest way forward as well as provide you the fully detailed designs that you will not need to change once construction has started.
Get a BOQ
A BOQ (Bills of Quantities) and schedule of materials are documents showing the exact amount of materials and corresponding costs for constructing your home. By investing in a BOQ you give yourself a safety net from any contractors looking to make enormous profits at your expense by not being well informed about the actual construction costs.
Get quotations from several contractors
With or without a BOQ always request quotations from at least 2 or 3 contractors with good reputations. Make sure you inform them that you are also seeking quotations from other contractors in order to get the best possible deal