Monday, March 28, 2011

Beware of the "Bakkie Builder"

I have spent quite a bit of time of late interacting with Association members throughout the province and a common concern that repeatedly gets raised, is the threat of the Bakkie Builder.

To clarify .....

“Bakkie Builder” has become a generic term to describe the pirates of the industry. It refers to operators who lack essential experience, capacity and business acumen, and believe that by possessing a bakkie, they have the only tool needed to compete in the market place. The menace it presents is threefold.

Danger to the client

Financial loss as a result of under quoting. Having already spent the clients deposit and installments, the builder runs into cash flow problems and cannot complete the project.

Sub-Standard Incomplete Structure

The client often sits with a half built structure of such poor quality that a reputable builder will not touch it, unless they tear it down and begin from scratch. Having used up financial resources, in many instances they can no longer fund the project.

Sub-Standard Complete Structure

The client ends up with a structure that although complete, an endless array of problems arises and often the builder is nowhere to be found.

There have been many scenarios in which the nightmare described above, have become some poor unsuspecting person’s reality.

The best advice we can give is to make sure from the outset, that your builder is reputable.

Members of the Master Builders movement subscribe to a code of conduct to which they are held accountable. In the unlikely event that issues do arise when using a member of the Association, you have recourse at your disposal.

Ernest Roper

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