Choosing your contractor is one of the most difficult decisions to make, choosing rightly
will help the overall success of the project, from experience, clients choose from these people.
(ii)Family members that are laymen
(iii)Family members that are building professionals and
Of the four groups listed above (i) and (ii) happens to tower above (ii) and (iv) and they all
have advantages and disadvantages over one another.
For a client that doesn’t know anything about building, no.(i) is your best bet a professional
may charge high fees but he will not compromise on standard when building your house because he
knows quite well that his reputation is at stake and if he does your job well then you may refer
him to your friends and this may lead to big things for him. So for a professional, quality is
always paramount though you may spend more.
(ii)Family members that are laymen may not be the right people to use however if the integrity
of the person involved has been tested overtime, he may serve as your eye on the site. All money
needed for materials will pass through him and he goes along with workers on site to purchase
these materials, whatever is recommended he has to monitor the purchase of materials together
in otherwords he monitors how money is been spent and progress on site.
This may save you some money, but if you have a bad relative unfortunately this method will
backfire because he will want to lord it on the workers to use substandard materials so that he
can make profit for himself.
Another disadvantage is that they can’t easily see a bad job in progress, so anything
constructed is always acceptable to them untill is too late.
(iii)Family members that are building professionals are most favoured after all is your money if
your are been ripped off by your family then the charges will be small compare to an outsider
except if the person in question is fraudulent you can easily call on him even years after the
house has been built to help you do one thing or the other without extra charges.
Well you are also helping your family member to grow professionally.
The disadvantage is that if the job is poorly done you may not be able to make him pay for the
poor job done. Your financial strenght and weaknesses is also exposed.
(iv) The last which is businessmen contractors are the worst of the lot to give your project to
. They parade themselves about as building contractors without any formal or informal training
but they have some money from other businesses so they use that to set up an office and seek
The primary motive of this group is profit every other things are secondary including the
stability or success of the building. This group is worst off when it comes to using substandard
So in all the four above no (i) still seems to be the safest because the contractor can be
called to question anytime, he can be reported to the controlling body of his profession and
professionally he won’t do anything unethical so that he can be recommended for other jobs.