How to Prevent theft of Buildings
The dream of owning a home is an expensive affair for many people. They go into debt for years to realize this dream. If something goes wrong during construction, the anger is great. This is shown by the experts of the Dekra, who have counted more than 30 deficiencies in the past years with about 10,300 Euro damage. It should be remembered that a craftsman works more precisely when supervised by a Dekra man. How many errors are made in unmonitored new buildings can not be statistically recorded.
The experts also found that 40 percent of all building construction mistakes are made during the planning phase. Only 60 percent of the construction itself. Frequent construction defects due to botch:
- Infestation with mold, because unfinished components were not sufficiently protected in bad weather
- penetrating moisture due to poor sealing of basement and foundation
- too low rooms
- Insufficient sound insulation
- poorly sealed joints
- incorrectly installed windows
If the building is adequately monitored, such errors can be quickly eliminated or even prevented. Nevertheless, some preparations have to be made beforehand.
Start of the construction project
Whether the right building partner was selected is usually immediately clear: is he prudent and committed? Can he meet the specifications without extra instructions? Before the craftsmen can get to work, a lot has to be arranged: First, the land must be prepared and then set up the site. Often trees have to be felled. An area plan for the construction site should not be missing. Here it is determined where the building material is stacked, the excavation of the excavation finds its place and where the equipment, the trailer and the toilet for the craftsmen are. The smaller the area, the more important the order. In a renovation, if everything happens inside, the construction site must be secured. This should be regulated by contract.
Every construction project should be supervised or accompanied by a specialist. It does not matter if it's an architect who runs the construction project or an independent reviewer. He should, however, feel obliged to the client alone and not prefer the construction company. The tasks of a site manager include:
- Coordination of works and trades
- Checking all plans
- Presence of difficult work
- Cost control
- Acceptance of construction progress
The Fee of a site manager depends on the amount of construction and the scope of services. It usually amounts to 200 and 300 euros per appointment or 1.5 percent of the construction costs, if he accompanies the entire project.
The keeping of a diary is also part of the job of a site manager , A double-entry bookkeeping is not wrong, the builder can also keep a diary: Here should be mentioned when which material delivered, at what time which work was done and with what result was assessed. All documents must be filed and invoices checked. Such a meticulous review is costly, but urgently needed. For a complaint of possible deficiencies, a detailed photo and / or video documentation should also be carried out.
Regularly discuss building progress
At least once a week, the client, contractor and site manager should attend Construction site meet to clarify questions and problems together. Even seemingly unimportant things, such as joints, moldings and sheets, have a major impact on a room or the facade of the building. Architects and craftsmen often do not give sufficient details here. As a builder you have to chop and explain everything exactly.
Acceptance after test
The acceptance after the end of all work is one of the most important legal acts of a construction project. With the acceptance, the client recognizes the performance of the construction company. Prior to this, however, the agent must prove that the agreed service was also properly provided. If the client sees it differently, he has to prove defects. This is not just trouble, but also costs . For this reason, deficiencies should always be remedied prior to acceptance.
Payment in part totals
One point at which contractors like to pull their customers off the table is the payment plan. This determines when the partial totals of the total costs have to be paid. The subtotals should always correspond to the current construction progress. Unfortunately, three out of four builders involuntarily pay in advance. In the event of a bankruptcy of the construction company, the money can quickly be lost.
Contracts with property developers are regulated by the Makler- und Bauträgerverordnung (MaBV) in 13 payment stages. Violations are punished directly by the legislator. If a contract does not comply with the MaBV, it is not effective. In this case, the client can reclaim all installments . The total amount of the construction must be paid only after acceptance of the house.
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