24 Mar How to select a builder
Selecting a builder is one of the most important decisions you have to make
Consider these questions:
What type of builder do you need?
Are you adding an extension to the existing building or,
are you starting on a new building?
Which builder’s portfolios reflect your style?
How can you find a good builder?
Ask around for recommendations. It is always your best source to finding a trusted and qualified builder. Satisfied clients will recommend the business to friends and family. Architects and draftspersons can also recommend good builders.
What is their level of experience?
Have a look at the previous work by these builders. Does it align with your vision for your project? It is also a great opportunity to assess whether the builder’s previous work suits your design style.
Is the builder a qualified licenced builder?
This should be one of the first questions to consider once you identify a builder. As long as the builder has all the right licenses and registrations, you are past the first hurdle to finding a suitable and legitimate business. You can also ask to view their license and for further checks there are various online tools available.
Can you step through model homes?
The best way to get a feel for the level of workmanship, practices and materials used, is to actually do a walk-through of the houses built by the builder. Ask for contact details of current clients and speak to them about the process and whether they are happy with the builder.
What is included in the price?
The cost of building a home is a huge investment and should have no hidden surprises.
- Ask exactly what they include.
- If you have asked the builder for a quote for your project, ask for a breakdown of the costs. Estimates and TBAs in the quote or included items can have a huge price range.
- Allowances and provisional sums may need more clarification or a breakdown.
- If there are technical terms in the quote that are unclear, don’t be shy to ask for an explanation.
- It is important to select a builder with whom you have a good rapport and who addresses all your questions and concerns.
Once you feel confident about a builder, you can take your project to the next level.