Whether you’re a first home buyer, investor or downsizer – building a home is a big investment. It can be very exciting – and also challenging. It is crucial that you spend the time researching and shopping for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home.
Stephen Thompson, managing director at Allworth Homes said, “The builder you choose will be spending several months working on your home. You need to be confident both in their ability to do the work and that you will have a good working relationship with them.
“One thing is for sure, the building process starts long before any concrete is poured. That’s why it’s important to do your homework. These same rules apply when shopping around for your renovation contractors.”
Allworth Homes provides the following tips to help guide you through this process:
• Thoroughly look at the building and construction quality. You don’t just want your house built, you want it well built. Look for quality finishes, specification and attention to detail when you visit the display homes. Look at the reputation of the builder’s suppliers – are they brands with well-earned reputations for quality? Also ask for customer testimonials and references.
• Price is a factor but not because it’s the lowest or highest. Look for a detailed explanation of price and inclusions in the cost when comparing builders.
• Consider the resale of your home. Will the design earn you money when you decide to sell it in the future? Carefully consider your completed costs. On the resale market, similar plans fetch similar prices, no matter how much you’ve spent compared to another. So think about this carefully.
• Don’t be fooled by the over the top extravagant display homes. Lots of display homes are dressed and designed with all the style trimmings in mind. Look beyond that and analyse what’s practical for your budget. Consider the floor plan and flow of the house to see if it’s the right fit for you and your family.
• Check which areas the builder will build. This is the question you should ask first. There would be nothing worse than falling in love with that perfect design, only to find out that the builder won’t build in your area.
By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to selecting a quality builder who’s a good fit for you and the new home you’ll build together.