Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do we get started?
2. When would we start incurring costs?
3. We already have our structural plans drawn. Can you quote on these?
4. We have not decided on all the details, such as kitchen and bathroom design. Do you have to have these to give us a quotation?
5. Can you give us a square metre rate or an estimate for our project?
6. What subcontractors do you use?
7. Do you provide a guarantee?
8. Do you build outside the Waikato?
9. What is a Licensed Building Practitioner?
10. What is a Registered Master Builder?


 

1.How do we get started?
The first step is for you to contact us so we can arrange to meet and discuss your building needs

2. When would we start incurring costs?
We do not charge for our advice or for quotations.  We work with architects and designers who will make a small charge for producing a concept drawing.  We can arrange to meet with a designer and provide useful input to ensure that the design meets your personal needs and budget.

3. We already have our structural plans drawn. Can you quote on these?
We can give you a full contract, detailed quotation on your plans.  If they are drawn up to building consent standard we can provide a firm quote.  If not, we can give you an estimate and then a firm quote when the plans are more complete.        We can assist with completion of your plans to building consent standard. and provide realistic advice on where cost savings can be achieved.

4. We have not decided on all the details, such as kitchen and bathroom design. Do you have to have these to give us a quotation?
We can include in our quotation a provisional sum for areas such as the kitchen, plumbing items, wall and floor coverings, etc.  These can be finalised at a later date.

5. Can you give us a square metre rate or an estimate for our project?
We find it difficult to give accurate square metre rates because every project is different.  Once we have seen your plans, if they are similar to a project we have recently completed we can give you a fairly accurate estimate of costs.  There are many factors that determine the cost of building.  Some important ones to consider are:
• Type of Section – sloping sections are more expensive to build on than level sections.
• Style of House – single level houses are generally the least expensive to build, and designs which include multiple floor levels contribute to costs.
• Hidden Costs – additional foundation costs due to land fill and other soil conditions
• Building Materials –  there is a huge variety of materials and these vary in cost considerably

6. What subcontractors do you use?
All our carpenters are tradesmen employed by us.  We employ subcontractors for other areas, such as the electrical and plumbing work.  Most of these subcontractors have been working with us for many years, and all are reputable tradesmen in whom we have the utmost confidence.

7. Do you provide a guarantee?
As Registered Master Builders we provide a 10 Year Master Build Guarantee on all our residential work.  Four types of Guarantee are available.  Guarantees have been available for over 14 years and the Guarantee Company, Master Build Services Ltd, works within the NZ Registered Master Builders Association.  For full details of the Guarantees please look at the Registered Master Builders web site on www.masterbuilder.org.nz

8. Do you build outside the Waikato?
Yes, we have built homes in Taupo, Whangamata and Raglan in recent years.

9. What is a Licensed Building Practitioner?
A Licensed Building Practitioner has been granted a licence by the Department of Building and Housing.  All builders who are licensed are listed on a public register held by the Department of Building and Housing and consumers can search this register on the Department’s web site to identify a competent LBP.  www.dbh.govt.nz  To carry out all Restricted Building Work a builder must be a Licensed Building Practitioner, like Murray and Todd Shaw.  The licensing of builders to carry out this work has become compulsory this year.   All licence holders are required to take part in ongoing activities and education to ensure their skills and knowledge are current and to ensure that they are up to date with such things as changes in the building code, building materials and design technologies.

10. What is a Registered Master Builder?
A Registered Master Builder is a member of the New Zealand Registered Master Builders Association and Murray V. Shaw Builders has been a member for over 20 years.