Choosing a builder doesn’t have to be a scary decision! If you’re in the market for a home renovation, extension, or even a new home, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensuring that the builder you choose is the right one.
Word-of-mouth is the safest bet you have when choosing a builder. Relying on your friends or families recommendations for builders is a great way to source a reliable builder. However management can change or businesses can get sold and what was once a reliable building service becomes a nightmare experience!
We’ve written this guide to help you identity key things you should consider when making your decision to select a builder;
1. Are they experts in your type of build?
This one is often overlooked as it seems obvious. However it’s vital to ensure that the builder you choose is well-established and reputable in the specific type of building work you have in mind. We recommend that you should always look for a builder who has experience in the type and style of build you are looking for and see if they are able to provide references for a number of jobs they have completed.
We get asked all the time about previous jobs and we are happy to list them! As any reputable builder should be, we are proud of our home projects and love talking about them. You should always ensure that your builder is happy to do the same. Make sure that you always do your research by having a look at their website, social media pages and online presence. How active are their online platforms? Can you easily see showcase examples of their work? How long have they been operating for?
2. Are they a member of a builder’s association?
Professional builders have a membership in the industry. This includes membership to groups such as the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Master Builders Association (MBA). These associates often offer courses and education to stay up to date with best practices, new technology and innovations within the field. Obviously this means that builds who belong to these associates will be use to the newest and most up to date building practises when constructing your home.
3. Are the builders you’re consider licensed and insured?
One of the most important and quality indications that you’ve found a high-quality builder is if they’re fully licensed and insured! Builders should always be able to provide you with these details upon request. It’s imperative for you and your builder to be protected and insured in the event that something goes wrong.
Common examples of insurance include;
- Public Liability Insurance
- Workers Compensation Insurance
- Contract of Works Insurance and;
- Home Warranty Insurance (for all builds over $20K)
4. Can they provide client testimonials or reviews?
As previously mentioned in the introduction, a clear sign of a reputable and successful builder is one that can provide a list of client references from all of their past projects. This will provide you with a great insight into if they have been delivering high-quality service to their clients consistently throughout their years in business.
5. Have you had clear communication with them from the beginning?
Premium builders are responsive right from the beginning. Their ability to clearly communicate shows you that the customers service experience is at the forefront of their business. A builder and their team should easily be available to communicate with you throughout every stage in your project, even after practical completion.
6. “You get what you pay for” – Sometimes the cheapest quote may not get you the best result
Although there are competitive quotes when pricing a new home build, always remember to be wary of going with the cheapest estimate. We recommend comparing apples for apples; a higher quoted price may result in less unforeseen costs and expenses. However if you elect to choose a significantly cheaper quote, you can run the risk of finding out halfway through your build that you have been underquoted and the builder is unable to fulfil your project. As imagined, this can put a huge strain on the family and your investment.
7. Does the builder offer fixed priced contracts?
A golden rule of thumb when selecting a new builder is that you should be wary of quotations and contracts with a long list of ‘estimates’ and ‘TBA’s’. As mentioned above, you do not want your new home project to blow out in costs which could end up exceeding your budget or not being to afford to complete your build! To avoid this you can ask for a fixed price contract.
Nobody is perfect, there will sometimes be items that a builder cannot foresee or predict in costs such as asbestos removal, termite damage, soil removal etc. However with that being said, the builder should be transparent in your early conversations and discuss these items with you during the planning process. Contingency planning is a step we always take at Hyspec Constructions to ensure that you’re never left high and dry!
If you have any questions surrounding your future renovation or addition on your home, CALL US TODAY!
We are available to talk to you and run through all of the details with you.
- Posted by Hyspec Constructions and Roofing
- On July 5, 2019