Recent research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders and reported here by PBC Today, confirm our recent experience in the market place. It is not unusual for builders to need at least a month lead-in time to commence work after an instruction; however at the moment we are finding this can be several months, some even reporting a full order book for the next 6-9 months. This is great news for our regular builders who are in high demand and have security of knowing what their next few projects will be. It doesn’t help our homeowner clients who are keen to start their projects as soon as possible.
There are ways this can be mitigated, for instance by talking to builders early in the process and getting them lined-up in principle; but there are also risks in doing so – making sure the local authority consents are all in place, in time, and that the cost is within expectations at an early stage and with enough confidence that it will remain that way. We can discuss these with you at an early stage, and we can look at possible builders to try and get a picture of their availability soon into the design process. The best way to overcome this is to anticipate it and build it into the design process, planning appropriate actions and time-frames. All part of our all-in service.