Monday, January 16, 2012

Planning a New Home

Building a new home can be somewhat daunting as you are suddenly faced with a minefield of costly decisions that need to be signed off on. The good news is that through proper planning, knowing what you want and can afford and using the services of a reputable contractor, you are able to build successfully without a hitch.

If you are looking to build a new home, we recommend that you tick the following boxes:
  • Check the question of planning permission and the submission of plans with your Local Authority.
  • Choose a reputable building contractor, preferably a member of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal which is easily sourced on where only members of the Association are listed.
  • Obtain written quotations and read them carefully.
  • The cheapest price isn't necessarily the best one. There could be hidden costs.
  • Don't be tempted by special cash deals to ‘save VAT'. This is illegal.
  • Beware of paying money upfront before any work is carried out.
  • Use a standard contract for substantial work. Protect yourself and your builder beforehand by making sure that the rights and obligations of both contracting parties are clear.
  • Check your insurance liabilities.
  • Avoid impulsive changes of mind and/or extra work. These may be costly.
  • "Caveat Emptor" - Buyer beware.
For a more detailed guideline, click through to ‘Getting the Most From Your Builder’, on

Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban


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