5 tips for choosing the right builder

Thinking about building, renovating or extending your home?

While a new and improved home can make for an exciting time, it can also be very stressful and that’s why it’s so important to choose a builder that will deliver the results you want.

  1. Ask friends and family

With a plethora of different builders to choose from, a good place to start is to ask for recommendations from family and friends. Talk to anyone you know who has had building work done recently and ask if they have had good or bad experiences.

If you have seen good work done around your neighbourhood that you would like to emulate then don’t be afraid to knock on a neighbour’s door to see who they have used, they may be happy to supply their builder’s name and appreciate the compliment on their home.

  1. Check out previous work

Not every builder is suited to every job. Look for a builder that has done work that suits the style of build you’re looking to do.

For example, if you have a traditional home then you’ll want to find a builder with experience in dealing with older homes. If the builder is mainly used to working on contemporary homes then they may not have the skills or expertise needed to do your renovation justice.

A builder’s previous work may be available to view online, otherwise you may want to ask to view some of their work in person.

  1. Get a few quotes

You aren’t obliged to use the first builder you talk to. In fact, it’s often best to reach out to a few different builders to get different quotes for the same work. Asking for 3-5 quotes is often a good guideline.

Make sure each builder is specific about what is included in their pricing so you can do an accurate comparison. Also the cheapest builder isn’t necessarily going to be the best, but it will likely be an important factor in who you decide to use.

  1. Make sure you get along

At the end of the day you need to be able to trust that the builder you choose will be able to give you the outcome you want. If you don’t get along from the get-go, or you feel like a builder doesn’t understand what you are looking for, then they might not be the best builder to use.

  1. Take your time

The right builder can help you create your dream home, but the wrong could result in a nightmare. Take your time researching builders and thoroughly read through any building contracts you get. Make sure you fully understand the scope of works that are going to be carried out and in what timeframes.

Finding the right builder for your project can make a huge difference not only to your end result, but also to your sanity along the way.

Don’t be hasty. Choose a builder that makes you feel confident, and whom you know you can comfortably communicate what you want the end result to be.

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