Whether you’re renovating, developing, or are planning your dream home, you’re going to need a builder you can trust to make it happen. Unfortunately, not all builders are suited to all projects, which makes finding the right builder for you and your project easier said than done. If you’re currently on the hunt for a good builder, here are some key factors to keep in mind when choosing the right builder for you.
How To Choose The Right Builder For You and Your Project
Ask For Local Recommendations
The first step when choosing the right builder for you is to create a shortlist of good options. The best way to do this is through recommendations. Ask any friends, family, coworkers or neighbours who have recently built or renovated in your area what they thought of their builder. If you’re working with a draftsman, ask them for local recommendations as well. From here you will likely have a decent shortlist to work from.
Check Their Qualifications
The most important step when choosing a builder is to check that they are licenced, registered, and insured. These qualifications vary from state to state. In Victoria, for example, there are different requirements for different forms of domestic building work. Here, you can check whether a builder is registered online through the Victorian Building Authority. By checking these qualifications early on, you could be avoiding multiple building and legal headaches down the road.
Get a Quote
Once you have your shortlist of qualified builders, it’s time to compare costs. When it comes down to it, your budget will influence which builder you ultimately choose. Getting a quote as early as possible allows you to narrow down your list of builders to only those within your budget.
Reaching out for a quote will not only reveal a builder’s general pricing but also let you know if they can take on the project at all. Some builders operate within specific niches. For example, some only do new builds, while others only work on renovations. Through the process of getting a quote, you will find out what aspects of the job the builder can take on as well as the overall price.
Establish a Timeframe
Do you have a specific timeframe in mind for your build? If so, that could be a large contributing factor when you’re considering which builder to go with. Building contracts can tie builders up for decent stretches of time. If a builder is already locked into another project, that can delay or drag out your build. Make sure you discuss your timeframe with your shortlist of builders early on so that you can narrow down your list of options.
Check Out Their Previous Projects and References
Your build is likely going to be a big investment, so it makes sense to do as much research as you possibly can before you sign with your builder. Check out their previous projects, ask for references, and see if you can visit any of the homes they have built. The conversations you have with previous clients can be extremely valuable when making your decision, as can seeing the builder’s handiwork in person.
Factor in Personality
One factor that many clients overlook is personality clashes. They think that if the price is right and everything else checks out, you don’t need to like your builder as long as they get the job done. The reality is that you’re going to be spending months on end with your builder in your life, working on a project that might be extremely personal and important to you.
If you want the project to run smoothly, for your questions to be answered, and your opinion to be valued, make sure that you and your potential builder are on the same wavelength before you sign. There is nothing more painful than a long, drawn-out build with a builder you can’t stand!
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