The truth about owner-building in Australia is that it is not easy. It will test you. It will make you uncomfortable. It will even make you question your skills. There may come a time when you will feel that giving up the project is the most practical choice. These are parts and parcel of owner-building. If it was easy, everyone will be doing it. Owners of kit homes are extraordinary people who are willing to the distance to prove the odds wrong.
So, what does it really take to become a good owner builder, anyway?
In order to satisfactorily answer this question, we need to identify the several traits good owner-builders have, and these are:
Extremely patient – A good kit homes builder knows that it does not take a couple of days to complete a project. The planning stages will already consume so much of your time since it will include setting your budget and looking for supplies, materials, and tradesmen. When the project starts, you need to be more extra patient because there will always be problems along the way. Some of the issues you may encounter include delays in the arrival of ordered supplies, tradies error, and lack of budget. If you don’t have patience, you will easily give up even before you formally start the construction.
Possesses impressive project management skills– Perhaps the most challenging thing many owner-builders in Australia face is managing the whole project. It takes a lot of skills to manage a home construction because you will be dealing with different aspects of the project, including getting leads for materials and supplies, finding trustworthy tradesmen, and organizing the people you will hire. Needless to say, if you have zero experience in project management, you may want to rethink your plans of owner-building because instead of enjoying it you may end up getting stressed out.
Is a savant when it comes to financial management– An owner-building project could not be complete if you don’t have the right budget for it. Hence, if you want to save more in materials and construction costs, you need to have a solid budget plan, a realistic one. Make sure to monitor your budget and to adapt to sudden changes in the project. It is important to put everything into account so you will save more. If you don’t do this, you will compromise your budget and end up paying more rather than saving.
Goal-oriented and has good construction skills – While you can do your owner-building project without getting your hands dirty, it is still advisable to know a thing or two about construction because it will save you more money in the long run. When you have good knowledge and understanding of how homebuilding works, you are less likely to fall victim to tradies who are up to rip you off. Also, if you have home construction skills and experience, you can make the project costs much lower because you can do the other works yourself, not needing to pay for the work of tradesmen.
Knows how to organize things – Another skill you need to have to become a good owner builder is your ability to organize the project well. This is important because you will deal with different individuals, and when these people make mistake, everything could go downhill from there. Hence, it is extremely important that you organize the subcontractors or tradies you will hire because the outcome of the project greatly relies on their services.
If you believe you have these skill sets, then what are you waiting for? Owner-building is indeed a unique and exciting experience, especially if you are the type of person who is a problem solver and always up to various forms of challenge.