A cursory Google search will reveal a swathe of would be builders ready to help you build your new home, but really finding the best builder goes beyond the first name in your search results. You see, building a new home is a rewarding experience, but it involves a lot of work. It can be stressful under the best conditions, and unbearable when you and your builder butt heads.
Before you make any commitments with any one builder, here’s a list of questions that will help you find the right fit.
Get to know their background
One of the best ways to see if you and your builder will get along is to get to know who they are! You’ll also want to take this opportunity to discuss a few very important details such as licensing and qualifications.
- Are they licensed and trade-certified?
- How long have they been in the business?
- How many homes/projects have they completed?
- Can they show you some previous work?
- Do they specialise in a particular style (sloped blocks, renovations, etc)?
- Do they offer a structural guarantee?
Go over the details of your home and land
Since it’s all about your home and the land it will be sitting on, you’ll want to discuss your specific needs. You’ll want to find out if they can help you, particularly if you have special requirements.
- What kind of home designs do they offer?
- Can they accommodate special needs such as sloped blocks?
- Can their designs be tweaked or changed to suit your specific needs?
- What energy ratings can you expect on your finished home?
- What advice or guidance can they provide upfront as well as throughout the process to ensure you’re making the most of your floor plan and land?
Review your quote together
Since you’ll be throwing down a pretty substantial chunk of change in this transaction, it’s imperative that you understand exactly what you’re getting. Make sure you understand the full quote before you sign any paperwork.
- How much is the deposit?
- What is the penalty for cancellation?
- What comes standard and what’s considered an extra expense?
- Is this quote a final price? If not, when can you expect a final price?
Discuss the process
Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to discuss the entire building process with your prospective builder. While there are standards that everyone must follow, each builder will have their own way of getting the job done. Make sure you discuss each stage of the building process to ensure it works with your expectations.
- How long will the build take?
- When can they start?
- What is each stage and what provisions are in the contract for timeframes?
- Who should you contact if you have questions or would like a progress report?
- Is this point of contact available at all stages of the build?
- What kind of guidance and advice do they offer through each stage of the process?
- Do they offer decor experts to help you choose your interior details?