Quantifying How Poor Quality In Construction Affects Everyone
It can seem like a great idea, a small corner cut here and there can make a fundamental difference to the bottom line. It may even be the only way that you can finish a project on time. But, every time the quality of work or materials is below par, you are storing up costs for the future.
Once you understand the potential implications of poor quality work you will understand why it is best to get a reputable building consultant Sydney to assess the property. This should be done before you take ownership.
Types Of Poor Quality
There are two main categories of poor quality:
If you request a building built out of steel and get one out of wood you know that the materials are not what you ordered. You will also know, amongst other things, that the building will not be as strong or resistant to pests as you were expecting.
Of course, in most cases using lower-quality materials isn’t so noticeable.
Properties need to be constructed to specific standards. This ensures they will still be standing safely in five, ten, or more years. But, it can be hard to confirm that the work has been completed to the required standard. After all, many sections of the build become invisible.
Understanding The Cost Implications
As a purchaser of a building, you should expect a well-built, maintenance-free property that will last you for years. If problems occur you can tell the builder to rectify the issues.
However, if the builder refuses you will have a fight on your hands, which could result in expensive legal fees. Your builder may also have financial difficulties or have stopped trading, leaving you to foot the bill for work that shouldn’t need doing.
If you are the builder then you will be on the hook for the repairs. This can eat valuable time that you could be working elsewhere and earning money. The savings you make when cutting corners or using lower-quality materials will cost you longer in the long run as you will have to rectify the issues.
It should also be noted that some sub-standard materials can become a fire or other health risk. This can lead to issues in the future, such as the Grenfell fire. Unfortunately, as the builder, if your sub-standard materials result in deaths you may be liable. That can cost you more than your business, it may cost you your freedom.
Avoiding Poor Quality Issues
The key to ensuring good quality construction is to choose a reputable builder and to give them a realistic build time. Alongside this, you will need to be specific about the products you want them to use and have someone supervise the build.
This will help to ensure there is no opportunity to use poor-quality materials. Of course, it is also critical to maintain communication at all steps. This ensures everyone knows of issues and changes and the schedule can be adjusted accordingly.