When you're investing in building a house, you want to know that the money you're spending will result in the perfect home for you. You'll take your time and do your research, selecting an architect that will design a dream home. Next, you'll need to put the same level of effort in choosing the right home builders for you. This guide should help you ask the right questions so you know that you'll get the right people for the job.
Choose Builders to Suit Your Job
Not all builders will be adept at all building projects. While most can turn their hand to any job, they may be more experienced at one type -- building extensions, for example. For your new home, you should be looking for experienced new home builders. A building company that has experience in taking on new builds will have a portfolio of jobs that you can view. They'll know what's entailed and will be able to give well-defined estimates.
Choose Builders with Checkable References
You should look for builders who can provide you with references that you can check. It's great to be able to look at photos of the work they've done on their website, but you'll also want to discuss the quality of their work with past clients.
You'll want to check that your builders are customer-focused and will be willing to make any adjustments you request without argument. Builders who build just to the specification of the BCA (Building Code of Australia) can argue that the work they've undertaken meets the standard and be unwilling to make changes. A customer-focussed builder will be willing to do the work needed for you to be happy.
In addition to checking references, it's a good idea to visit any showhomes they have as well as any projects they have that are under construction. You'll want to know that the jobs under construction live up to the quality they provide for their show homes.
Choose Builders Who Will Give You Honest Estimates
It's easy to opt solely for the cheapest person for the job, but you need to know that the estimates you've been given take everything into account. To get a comprehensive estimate, you should provide as much information as possible. After doing the preliminary research, provide your shortlisted builders with a thorough inclusions schedule and drawings. This will ensure the quotes you get back are as thorough as possible.