Using Friends for Building Work

Some people say “never lend a friend money”, or “sell them a car”. If things go wrong it can end a friendship! I think it might be the same with getting them to do building work for you.

Here are the things you need to think about before you get a ‘friend’ to do work for you:

  • Are they really ‘friends’, ‘friends of friends’ or just people you know?
  • Is there a chance they will take advantage of your ‘friendship’ to work at a slower rate because they are doing work for other people at the same time?
  • Do you really know how good at their job they are?
  • If they are doing it as a ‘friend’ are they insured?
  • Do you both agree on what the required quality of workmanship and materials will be? Is it written down?
  • How will you resolve things if you are not happy with the result?

I think that in something as important as building a house you need everything covered by contracts and insurances.

Also if you are a true friend to them you should be happy paying them a fair price for a good quality job.

In general I have found that the best relationships for construction works are formal contracts with the person who is paying being amiable but firm in making sure they get the job they want. This has enabled me to make friends of builders through building up a mutual respect.


For similar posts see Choosing a Builder