What To Look For When Hiring A Custom Builder

Your home should be everything you dream it to be. After all, building a home is one of the most important investments you’re going to make in your life. It’s natural to face many challenges in getting these ideas to life and this is where hiring a custom builder would come to your rescue. While a custom builder would take off significant stress for you, you will want to make sure that your choice of builder is the right one. Here are a few things to look for before hiring a custom builder.

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Past Experience and Portfolio
The one thing you will want to look for is the builder’s experience in custom homes. Assessing past projects will give you an idea on the builder’s style and expertise. Take into the account the location and time completion of these past projects too. Getting a local custom builder will be beneficial because the builder will already be familiar with building regulations and codes in the area. Remember that every custom builder has a specific style they’ve worked on. It’s best to choose a builder whose style aligns with your vision. Looking at their past projects and portfolio is a great way to see if their building/ design style matches with yours.

References and Testimonials
Looking at past reviews and customer testimonials is a great way of knowing the kind of customer service the builder will be delivering. You can also ask your custom builder to put you in touch with past clients. Conversing with them may provide you with insights into what aspects of custom building worked best for them and what didn’t. While the main goal is that the end product matches your vision, the process is a vital part of getting there. So before hiring a custom builder, make sure they have good working relationships with their clients. After all, you’re going to be working closely with them for a long period of time!

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It’s important that you and your builder see eye to eye on many decisions and this can only be a product of effective communication. The builder must be able to understand what your expectations are and accommodate reasonable changes that may arise during the building process. Decisions regarding your home will be made almost on a daily basis and it’s essential that your builder keeps you updated on those. A good way to determine these would be to ask the custom builder any hiccups they have had in their past projects and how they dealt with it. If their answers are convincing enough, they may just be the right choice for you.

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Any homeowner would tell you that time and budget are the biggest roadblocks to the building process. Therefore, when hiring a custom builder, try to find out how long projects have taken to be completed in the past. Ask them of other projects they will be working on simultaneously and how it would affect the building of your house. While the contract you sign would offer you some protection, it’s best to communicate your expectations early on and decide if the builder is a good fit. You will want to have a builder whom you can rely on and it’s integral that you trust their commitments to you to avoid any future hassles.

If you’re looking into renovating your home or looking into any sort of home improvement projects, contact our friendly team on 1300 943 640 or customerservice@ibuildnew.com.au for free assistance in finding a builder that is right for your renovation project.

Preity Bhandary

Preity is currently pursuing a Master of Global Media Communication at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about sustainable housing and loves exploring the historic architecture of cities.


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