You have options on how you work with your builder.
You may choose to work under a Full Contract or Labour-only – or a Managed Labour-only.
Full Contract can make your life easier: one price that covers the bulk of the work (add-ons, such as kitchens, tiles and tiling, door furniture and tapware may not be included) and the builder will manage the subbies working and the timing and there is one person to go to if there are any problems.
- All materials.
- Subcontractors and their prices.
- Getting consents.
- Liaison with the architect/designer.
- Arranging inspections.
- Managing the whole building project.
- A labour-only contract means the builder is only responsible for actual building work – you manage the rest of the process.
- The implications are that you become responsible for the project, including getting consents, supervising the building work, organising sub-contractors and materials and the Health and Safety Plan.
- If you’re considering this option to save money, keep in mind the time demands – it becomes a virtual full time job.
A managed labour-only contract is a hybrid of the two.