How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Builder in South Africa?

Labour, bricks, cement for 115mm thick wall, per m2 R175.00 – R220.00
Labour, bricks, cement for 230mm thick wall, per m2 R375.00 – R420.00

When it comes to construction, prices can vary with the quality and quantity of work. As with most industries, the more professional, the more pricey. The more time, effort, materials needed, the more money needed to be invested. When it comes to building this can pose a challenge, no doubt you want someone who will do quality work for the a reasonable price. Unfortunately it is a very real possibility, the price tag does not match quality of work. While there are many pro builders in South Africa, there are many not as qualified that charge pro rates. As mentioned above there are certain prices you can a general idea about, but those prices can vary depending on a number of factors. It is important to consult a professional to get a rough estimate of what you can expect.

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    Advice for hiring a builder

    The decisions you make when selecting your builder are mostly responsible for the bulk of issues that arise during any building contract. It is essential to have a builder you can trust and who has a track record of happy clients. You may spend with confidence knowing that you will get exactly what you paid for if you choose a respected constructor. These four easy steps will help you choose the best builder for your project.


    Check Reviews & References

    All Kandua Pros have reviews, ratings and photos of previous projects on their profiles – make sure you take a look when deciding who to hire.  You will only find building Pros on Kandua with a minimum rating of 4 stars and up.


    Check Timing Of The Builder

    Find out when the work can start. The fact that your selected Pro can only begin the project in a few weeks could mean that you are facing a disaster. To avoid having irrational expectations, you should also be aware of how long the project is expected to take.


    Check Subcontractors

    Check the registration details of the electrical sub-contractor and the plumbing sub-contractor that your builder will be using with their respective associations. This is very important as you will need a valid Certificate of Compliance on completion.


    Check the Quote

    Recognize that there are always unknowns during the building process that could result in unforeseen expenses. This is typical. Anticipate it. Allocate roughly 5 to 8% of your overall spending plan to these things. Costs can be minimized with careful planning, designing, and managing the project.

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    Finding the Right Pro

    Now that you have a better understanding of the costs – it’s time to find the best Pro for the job. This can a difficult task even when you are aware of what to look out for. There is no shortage of builders and so it can prove challenging to find a pro.


    Luckily for you – Kandua has hundreds of Pros who are builders.


    Remember, it’s not always about finding the cheapest option. Stick to these tips, and take into account: the entire package, Pro reviews, your experience in dealing with them and then, of course, the cost.

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