Key information on the building and buying phase.

To make sure that nothing goes wrong when building or buying your own home, it’s important to keep in mind several key points and to clarify questions in advance. Our experienced advisors will be happy to support you at the planning stage so that you can realize your project with confidence.

Optimize the building process for your residential property by means of good organization, coordination and communication. Your personal workload depends on whether you commission an architect or a general/full-service contractor as your building partner.

Building with architects

An architect acts as your representative, carries out the planning, takes care of coordination and assumes the contractually agreed fiduciary duties. As the owner-builder, you are expected to be involved, take part in joint decision-making and check the contractually agreed services.

Planning phase
1. Initial building idea
2. Close look at the idea
3. Consultation
4. Identification of building requirements
5. Job specifications
6. Choice of architect
7. Planner contracts
8. Project planning
9. Application for a building permit

Construction phase
10. Building request for tender
11. Works contracts
12. Construction work
13. Inspection
14. Acceptance
15. Documentation
16. Final settlement

Building with a general contractor (GC) / full-service contractor (FSC)

You only conclude a single contract with a general contractor, which means that you commission a fully completed building. A full-service contractor also takes care of planning the building work. This option makes fewer demands on you. All you have to do is to state your specific requests. This type of project is less individual than one involving an architect, but construction costs are generally lower. The main duties are contractually agreed and generally cover the following areas:

Main duties of general contractors (GCs)
and full-service contractors (FSCs)
1. Inspection
2. Acceptance
3. Documentation
4. Final settlement

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