Working with a Builder

If you’re thinking of starting an infill project then you’ll need to prepare yourself for working with a builder. Edmonton has a lot of great builders, and it’s up to you to do your homework and pick one that you can trust.

No matter which builder you’re working with, there are a few things you should keep in mind to help the process go smoother: for you, for your builder, and for your future neighbours. 

Know the bylaws

Chances are your builder will take care of all the permits and regulations you’ll need through the building process, but it’s still a good idea to understand these laws yourself.

Either ask your builder about the regulations, or do a little homework (like reading the Builder section of this site) to find the rules for building in mature neighbourhoods.

Work with the neighbours

Let your builder know that you want to stay in the good books with your new neighbours. 

There are some ‘good neighbour’ practices that go beyond what’s regulated by city bylaws, but will go a long way towards putting your new neighbours at ease about the construction taking place in their neighbourhood.

Stay informed

Because the builder is building on private property (your property) any damages that occur to the trees, street, or neighbouring properties fall to the responsibility of the landowner (again, you). 

With this in mind, do your best to stay informed about the building process and the practices being used by the construction team. You don’t want to get in the way, or slow down, the construction team, but you will want to stay on top of what’s happening.