It is most certain that you need to feel safe about the security of your building investment in Nigeria since you live far away from home. However, one of the safest and most secure ways of contracting out your building projects whilst away from Nigeria is to engage the services of notable design professionals and legitimate construction outfits in the country.
And even though they may charge you more for services rendered, they have a reputation to protect and will therefore give you the best value for the money you expend.
It is however good to follow the under listed tips on “Things You Must Not Do If Investing in Building Construction” in order to safeguard your finances and have a stress free experience.
6 Rules That Will Secure Your Building Investment
1) Don’t Rely on Relations, Acquaintances, or Friends
Unless they are professionals in the field, it is unwise to leave issues relating to design and construction to your friends or family members. If they don’t know enough about constructing a building, don’t ever involve them in the project.
If they breach the contract in any way, they are always almost certain they’ll get away with it with only a slap on the wrist.
So do not allow sentiments to rule you either because it is easier to sue non related service providers if things go wrong, than you can your relations and friends.
2) Don’t Remit Large Sums Money at Once
Do not send lump sums of money for you building project in Nigeria without being invoiced by the professionals handling your project. Neither should you, under any circumstance, send lumps of money to close relatives either.
Your inability to oversee things yourself may tempt them to short change you and they may resort to sending you an image of someone else’s beautiful design and ongoing construction, claiming it’s yours.
3) Don’t Allow Yourself to be Coerced If Unsure
Crosscheck thoroughly before you embark on any project that will take place in your absence. Don’t allow anyone con or cajole you into buying or paying for anything you are unsure of.
Always ensure your facts are right before commencing on any property investment embarked upon in you absence.
4) Do Pay Visits if Possible
If you can, try to find time (at least once a year) to visit Nigeria to monitor the progress of your project. We try to encourage clients to physically see the progress of works.
If on the other hand you can’t pay visits, then you must appoint a trusted party to serve as your “ears and eyes” before proceeding with investing your hard earned money.
5) Ensure You Receive Your Approved Building Documents
Your property documents are important papers that will stand as a proof of your ownership in the unforeseen event of legal tussles or private incursions. Make sure all the relevant documents are made, and keep your own set of copies safely in your possession.
6) Avoid Quack Nigerian Building Contractors
It is good to avoid sham building designers and contractors because even though their charges may seem attractively low, it’s good not to fall for exceedingly “low price” antics.
You can be sure that their charges will begin to skyrocket as soon as they get approved for the construction project.
And a couple of years down the line, you may find that you have to expend funds to correct imperfections, irregularities, and/or building errors.
Repercussions of Not Consulting Building Professionals
When the right people don’t deliver the design and build project of your dreams, there will always be the element of regret at the completion of the venture.
There are houses in Nigeria built by so called professionals that have to be repainted within a few months of its completion. At times, you’ll discover fine crack lines along the finished walls which get worse by the month.
And if unforeseen challenges arise during home construction works, expedient action and the right response may become lacking. Contractors have been known to abscond from site when a serious issue “rears its head”.
Let Professional Builders Handle your Design & Build Project
Contracting professionals does not necessarily increase your building costs. A professional may charge a bit more for design, construction and/or supervision services, probably making you investing a little more than expected, but it’ll be worth every kobo/penny/dime.
They are much more committed to their projects, and have imbibed the use of cutting edge modern technology that enables them work more openly, efficiently and effectively.
And they can share and communicate with you online while your building investment is going on from wherever you may reside anywhere in the world.
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