Tips for choosing a builder

Constructing a new home is something pretty overwhelming and it is important that you find a reliable and experience builder if you want the project to be completed on time and to a high standard.

What you need to know about choosing a builder

One of the most important decisions when you are designing your new home is choosing a reliable builder. It is important that you take out enough time to pick somebody who is right for your project or stop doing so would help in saving your money and also avoid problems in the long run. Usually home buyers do not have an idea when it comes to construction so it is difficult for them to judge a good job from a bad one. This is why it is important that they chose a builder with a good reputation.

According to Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia, the first thing that you need to do is to make sure that the builder you hire is registered and licensed. The next thing that you must look at is their experience and whether they provide high quality services.

They are also a few other things that you would need to consider. Besides looking at the fact that they are registered and licensed you must also look whether they will be able to match your requirements. You may want to go for a builder who has got a good track record and dealt with projects which are similar to yours. So it is important that you have a proper idea regarding their previous work.

It is the responsibility of the owner to make sure that they carry out the necessary research. And it is important that they get along with the builder and the communication is open during the whole process. It is better to be clear about the price from the very beginning and it is okay if you do not want to choose a builder based on the price. However, if budget is an issue you must still want to consider somebody who does not provide expensive services.

The builder’s checklist

  • You have to make sure that they have a good reputation.
  • Make sure to ask for the registration card and insurance along with the references.
  • Talk to some of the previous clients to know about their experience.
  • Ask them how often they plan on communicating with you during the project.
  • Make a timeline of all the instruments that you would need to pay after every project milestone.
  • Get to know about the sub contractors that they employee
  • Have an expert professional look at the contract before signing it.
  • Get to know if the builder is committed to the deadline
  • Avoid working with the builder who does not provide you a quote or provide you with quotes which do not have enough details.

Finding the right builder

Before you start on the lookout for the builder You should keep in mind that there are two kinds of builders in the market. There are custom builders who work on boutique projects. They generally charge a higher fees. This is because they pay a great deal of attention to the details. And then there are builders who focus on mass production within estates so that these are more affordable and are completed well within time.

Custom builders

A custom builder usually works on their own or has a generally smaller company which focuses on individual projects which are customised. Their work is unique and there’s a high quality in their craftsmanship.

Volume builders

Volume does basically verb for construction companies that specialise in estate buildings. They make sure that all buildings are built according to a specific plan. However, it is important that you check out their reputation which is quite easy to do because of the amount of work that they complete. However, you should keep in mind that they are less grown to making any additions or customisations and already planned homes. Make sure that you check out the videos online forums to see if there are any problems or issues associated with the kind of houses that they built and yet to know whether they complete the project within the timeline.

The cost of building a home

It is important for you to familiarize yourself with the contact and know what is included in it will stop in usual cases the contract would cover the construction of the property. If it does not include the fees which would be required for getting a building approved and the inspection cost. They might also need to invest in site preparation so any customisations which are not mentioned in the contract have to be paid later on.

What you need to look for in a building contract

For any building project it is important that you take a proper look at the contract. This way you would be able to know whether something is promised but not written down and it could solve a lot of problems in the long run. If you’re not too sure about the phone right you might want an experienced lawyer who works in buildings and permits too take a look for you.

The following is a few things which you should look for in a building contract.

  • The name of both the parties involved should be mentioned clearly
  • The building license number needs to be written down as well.
  • It should comprise of the contractor’s insurance certificate details.
  • Any custom additions which is required in the project should be mentioned as well
  • It should come price of a payment schedule which would outline the project milestones and when they installments are due.
  • It should comprise of a clause which certifies to the construction would be according to the Australian building code
  • Termination of the project if anything goes wrong.