If you are planning on renovating your existing home or building a new one, selecting the right builder is crucial. To make your selection process easier we have outlined areas for you to consider to help make the right decision.
Meet your potential builder on site.
Are you connecting with them?
Can they see your vision?
Are they offering suggestions and ideas in line with your dream?
Are they conscious of your budget and time frame and working within that framework?
You want to work with someone you can easily communicate with; to share ideas, feel comfortable asking questions, enjoy the process and get excited about the journey you are about to embark on.
Experience and Processes
Talk to your builder about previous work they have completed, visit a home they have built or renovated and look closely at the quality of workmanship and attention to detail they have demonstrated. If possible, talk to past clients to understand how they found the overall process from conception to handover.
Ask the builder about their processes; generally, the more organised and streamlined their systems are the more time effective and efficient they will be. Talk to them about how they will work with you throughout the build.
How do they get to know you, your lifestyle and vision to help determine the best design?
What is their quoting process?
Do they keep you informed at various stages of the build?
Team Behind the Builder
Find out about the builder’s team
Are they backed by a team of trades that have the same work ethic, communicate well, perform quality workmanship and get the job done without time delays? (Because we all know that time is money!)
When renovating or building there are a lot of trades to co-ordinate and project manage to maintain a smoothly run and stress-free project, so it is important everyone work like a well-oiled machine.
Cost and Licences
Once you have established the building work you require to achieve your dream home make certain your builder gives you a fixed price quotation; if they don’t you will more than likely have a budget blowout and we don’t want that!
Be sure the quote includes everything, including building permits and plans. Too many times I have heard of people who have taken the “cheaper” quote only to find out later it doesn’t include all the work required to actually complete the job.
Also check they offer assurances against their workmanship and are a qualified & registered builder with appropriate licences, memberships, warranties and completion certificates.
Trust your Designer
If you have enlisted the services of an Interior Designer trust their opinion, they will often recommend a builder that they have worked with previously and one they know can produce the style of home and quality you deserve. Your designer will work closely with the builder throughout construction, so it is important they communicate well and together focus on you the customer.
If you have taken the time to find the right people to work on your dream home it should be stress free, cost effective, time saving and an enjoyable experience resulting in a home better than you could have imagined.
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