When building a new house, choosing the right builder is one of the most important decisions that you will need to make. The right builder will turn your home dreams into a reality by guiding you throughout the whole process and journey, making sure the building process runs smoothly without any headaches and make it an enjoyable experience for you. You and your family will be living in the house for a long time, which is why you need to choose a builder who understands your needs.
But, how do you know who’s the right choice? Here are some tips to consider when choosing a builder:
DO YOUR RESEARCH
If you’ve got your land and you know exactly the design you want, it’s time to start doing your research and make a list of potential builders. Looking through real estate websites and newspaper advertisements is a great way to make a start. Word of mouth is also a good way to find builders as the recommendation will be coming from someone you trust. Talk to friends, family and neighbours to get some information on who they built with and if they would recommend them.
It is important that the builder you choose is licensed, registered and insured. Every established builder should be able to provide you with references and examples of their past work, which is why it should be a priority to look out for the quality of their work. Be sure to check their references! Ask them if they could give you a tour of their past projects – old and new. Pictures in portfolios and websites look amazing, however, it won’t hurt to go check out their display homes too. You can also find many reviews online.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Finding a builder that you can connect with is important as they need to understand your do’s and don’ts. Don’t be afraid to ask the builder questions! The best builders are the ones who encourage you to ask more questions, even if you think those questions are stupid. Ask them questions about the materials they use and get as many specifics as you can and take notes along the way.
BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR BUDGET
Once you have narrowed down to one or two builders, have a discussion about the price. Be upfront about what you want as this will save you many headaches down the line. Ask them about any unforeseen costs you may have to factor in. But also, be mindful that cheaper is not necessarily better. If you’re having second thoughts, trust your gut and don’t sign any building contracts until you are 100% sure about the builder you have picked.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Here at iBuildNew, our team of property experts are here to give you free, independent and unbiased advice about what builder and design will work with your land. Our expert team will ask you the right questions about your land, the kind of design you want, your budget and do their research from the information you provide. Through this process, they will match and connect you with the most appropriate builder who will understand your wants and needs.
Thinking about building your own home but not sure where to begin? Get in touch on 1800184 284 or book a call with our team for free expert advice today.
- We’ll ask the right questions to better understand your needs
- We’ll create a recommended shortlist ideally matched to you
- We’ll answer specific questions or concerns related to home building, land purchasing or financing