We could write a list an arm long when it comes to tips for Owner Builders but we’ve chosen to focus on what we believe is super important to a successful and enjoyable building experience.
These are four MUST HAVES.
1. Communication skills
For any owner builder, communication is going to be absolutely key. Good communication skills AND listening skills are going to be what help you get through the challenges (and there will be challenges).
Why? Because you’re going to be dealing with ALOT of people throughout the process from designers, to architects, local council, government, engineers, surveyors and tradespeople galore. All individuals with all their quirks.
As an owner builder, you’re the boss which means the buck stops with you. Lead by example.
2. Project Management skills
An owner builder needs to be across every activity going on throughout the build. Everything.
You need to have your finger on the pulse. You need to know who’s doing what and when; keep the lines of communication (there it is again) open; be across documentation and importantly; manage the risks.
3. Be a planner
Fail to plan then plan to fail. Simple.
Find what’s going to work for you when it comes to planning. Excel spreadsheets? Google docs? Paper files?
Whatever your style, set the standard right from the beginning.
4. Take your responsibilities seriously
As an owner builder in Queensland, the responsibility of the entire project sits on your shoulders.
Most importantly, the safety on the construction site and the safety of workers.
These things really do need to be taken seriously for your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those working with you.