In simple terms, workmanship is the skill and quality put into making a product or completing a project. Workmanship is about quality; good or bad. If workers are careless or don’t follow the proper protocol you can end up with a finished product that lacks the quality you’ve anticipated.
Due to ignorance, some clients go for a very low fee at the expense of quality. Unknowingly, in the long run, you will end up spending more on engaging an unqualified/ unverified tradesman or builder. using less qualified tradesmen will cost you much more.
This topic highlights the importance of getting a professional to handle your building project.
- Non-sustainable workmanship
By this I mean a poor workman is likely to mess up your job and you will discover as the project progresses which will result into termination of contract and you have to look for someone else to continue, this inconsistency in persons handling your job will affect the overall product as each tradesman has different approach and ideas to achieve their goals. So allowing anybody nobody can vouch for simply for a low cost will mess up your project because you’ll need to keep changing hands.
Bad workmanship will give you a structure you cant vouch for because you have not done your homework well by engaging unqualified tradesmen which often is due to money and ignorance. An unsafe structure can lead to the imminent collapse of the building. Saving money by cutting corners employing poorly qualified workers will only make you lose your entire investments if not life.
- If you have someone that doesn’t have a good grasp of the job at hand will cause delays.
Inability to plan and using trial by error will be the order of the day in such a site. Time is money, not finishing your project in a record time will cost you much more, especially with fluctuations in the cost of materials due to inflation.
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Bad workmanship gives poor products that require amendments that will cost much more than the budgeted expenditures to repair the errors.
Definitely, for a poor tradesman, the probability of underquoting or overquoting is very rife, the cost of correcting costly mistakes, omissions, or ignorance of the steps and challenges on the task ahead will cause constant review in the contract sum.
- Long term cost of maintenance
For a bad product, periodic maintenance will cost more in long term because of quick to appear defects due to bad workmanship.
A bad workman doesn’t really care about the job since he is aware is less qualified but needs the money. The overall good of the building is not his priority, unlike a qualified tradesman that wants a referral knowing fully well that a good product is the best way to market himself and get other jobs.
As stated above the love for the project is hardly in the heart of someone giving bad workmanship.
- No interest in Continual improvements on the project
for terrible workmanship, the business of correcting and making at-least good a bad job will overshadow the task of improving on an already good job. Excellence does not arise when you assemble less qualified or poor tradesmen to save money.
An assembly of poor tradesmen is very chaotic, everybody does his or her own task without looking at the general outcome of the project. of course, someone with less experience and skill will find it hard to synergism his tasks with others for a mutually benefiting result.
For the point above, the site won’t be able to progress effectively because no motivation and understanding of the project to be able to have teamwork.
- No interest in education and retraining
A bad tradesman has no motivation other than money. There is absolutely no interest in improving themselves.
- Low or no interest in the scientific approach
Bad workman relies on buildings around as a case study to make decisions on their projects. meanwhile, no land building or projects are exactly the same by weather or soil condition.
You can have buildings just 3 meters apart and one may require strip foundation while the other will need a pile foundation for it to stand structurally. unfortunately, a less qualified tradesman will not request for a soil test but rather takes decisions based on a standing building close by.
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