It is no secret that building a home is a terrible experience and that you will get cheated when building your home just like every other person that has ever built a home but if you know what to look out for, you might be able to avoid some of this and save some of your money in the process. There are many tricks that builders play and many of them know of these tricks. For this reason, having a friend introduce you to a builder and having a small chat with him over a drink can be a great way to learn some of the things that you will need to look for.
Keep an eye on numbers
When you are buying travertine pavers that provide a natural look, bricks, bags of cement or anything else, it is important that you keep a close eye on the numbers that you buy because much of the time, you will find that some of the bags go missing because the builders pass the bags off to friends and such when you are not watching. They sell them to people for a rate below market price and will then tell you that they used it all up. It can be very difficult to track as well because unless you are keeping a very close eye, you can miss whether one bag of cement was used or two were used.
When it comes to things like floor tiles in Sydney, they will tell you that they broke the tile and disposed of it when again, they are selling things to people for half prices. If they do claim that things broke, which is also a possibility and therefore, you have to give them the benefit of the doubt, you should ask them to always keep the broken parts because you need them for something. This way you will be able to avoid that particular lie.
Another well-known trick is that many builders will already have contracts with building materials companies where they have the store charge extra money if they bring customers in so they are essentially like sales people for the store and they will then get paid all the extra money as a commission at the end of the day when you are not around. For this reason, you should always go independently to a store of your choice or with an independent contractor or a structural engineer so that he will be able to give you advice but make sure that the store is chosen by you.