Tip 2: Prepare your project brief before you contact your builder

Brainstorm your project

It is important that you have a clear idea of what it is your trying to achieve with your project. What are your goals? Do you want to sell your property, make it more functional or restyle for a modern look? This information for the builder is called a project brief. It can be as informal as a few key points. For the builder to do an accurate quote you need to provide as much detail as possible.

Have an idea of how much you want to spend, an indicative budget is helpful, we are honest and will be able to tell you if your budget will go near the project you have in mind before doing a detailed quote. We can work with you to achieve the best outcome for your spend.

Develop job brief

No matter how small the project you should write a job brief. This can be anything from a few dot points to several pages and will help you clarify exactly what you want done.

The job brief should:

  • be as specific as possible
  • Include your property address, contact details including email address to send the quote
  • list the brand names and models of all fittings, tiles, appliances, etc that you require (this could be done as a separate project with Pip, she can help you to develop a mood and your materials and finishes palate).
  • include everything you have in mind about the job you want done
  • attached the design plans, if you have them

Why a brief is important

It is important to do this to get an accurate quote and avoid variation down the track.┬áIf you don’t specify exactly what you want in the beginning, the quote may only include the cheapest products and materials. We want to meet your expectations and quality that you expect. We have developed a brief template that we can help you complete if you are not confident or just want us to help fill it in for you.

Non building example of why it is crucial, I know a certain bride (Claire Stalley) who told a florist she wanted pretty flowers, now I can tell you that pretty is not the same for any two people. The Maid of Honor (me, Pip Stalley) almost had a heartache envisioning a bunch of Gerberas!!! From then on, together we wrote a job brief for each section of the wedding.

Phew not a Gerbera in sight!

My apologies if you like Gerberas.

Tip 1: How to check a tradie’s licence

Since being involved in the construction industry, I have seen and heard some shocking stories about dodgy work. This is my number one tip for anyone looking for a Builder.

Check their trade licence:

  1. That it is current
  2. In their own name
  3. That it doesn’t have any restrictions

I didn’t know:

  1. A carpenter can work under another builder’s licence
  2. Their licence may only enable them to do a certain value of work
  3. Some tradies who advertise as a builder may only have a maintenance and cleaning licence

This is the link to do the check:


Feel free to give it a try and look up Damian Batten.