Building a new home is a major financial and logistical undertaking.
Therefore, it’s important to choose the right builder. Unfortunately, many builders promise the world, but fail to deliver. The simplest way to compare home builders is to do some research on the internet, and then call the builders you like. In this post, we outline 5 fundamental questions to ask yourself before signing with a builder.
It sounds superficial, but liking and trusting a builder is important. Given the amount of ongoing contact you’ll have with the builder, a friendly and honest relationship makes commercial sense. From the moment you sign with a builder, you’ll be involved in a series of design, planning and milestone meetings. When it’s time to choose your builder, do the research and be guided by your “gut” feel.
A builder needs to be licensed when it comes to building a home. Licensing takes place at a State and Territory level. Unless you’re dealing with a large national building firm – like G.J. Gardner Homes – your builder’s credentials should be checked. The hyperlinks below provide a starting point for these checks.
Once you’ve established that a builder is licensed and insured, you’ll need to ascertain the builder’s level of experience and expertise. A builder that’s been in business for over 10 years should have multiple reference sites – possibly even a display home. G.J. Gardner Homes – Australia’s number 1 rated national home builder – has been building quality homes since 1983.
As they say, variety is the spice of life. A good builder will provide a wide range of home designs and building options. After all, you should be happy with your new home – probably the single biggest purchase you’ll ever make.
G.J. Gardner Homes offers over 150 customisable home designs, along with house and land packages in many parts of Australia. To catch a glimpse of some beautiful designs, take our 3D Design Tour. G.J. Gardner Homes also provides expert advice on custom homes, knockdown-rebuilds, investment properties and various building regulations.
If you’re serious about building a home on time and on budget, a builder needs to have proven processes and a reputation for reliability. You’re more likely to experience building delays and cost overruns if a builder isn’t properly organised. Building delays are not only inconvenient, but expensive if you’ve got bridging finance.
An experienced builder will outline the steps and timeframes involved in building your home, and answer any questions along the way. As a prominent national builder, G.J. Gardner Homes provides online access to weekly progress reports via its Project Tracker application.
By law, a builder is required to draft a building contract, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of the customer and the builder. You’ll be required to sign this document prior to the commencement of work.
At G.J. Gardner Homes, we take transparency and accountability a step further by providing our customers with a fixed-priced contract, which locks in the project price. Even if you’re buying a house and land package, which involves separate land and house contracts, our fixed-price guarantee applies.
Your reputation precedes you – and the same goes for your builder. Hire a builder who is renowned for their quality services, and you can be confident that you’ll receive the same level of service when it comes to your project. At G.J. Gardner, we’re proud of what our customers say about us, making us one of the most respected companies in this industry.
You don’t want a builder who says one thing and then does something completely different. This might be challenging to predict, but ask for examples of previous work where possible, and be thorough in checking reviews, so you can be confident in your decision. You can rely on us to execute your home’s ambitions in a timely manner that meets all your expectations.
Most likely, you’ll want to have a modern house which is built using the most recent architectural trends. This makes it essential to make sure the builder you work with can deliver when it comes to applying modern home designs. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we ensure that we are adequately updated when it comes to evolving trends and innovations. We do a lot of research ensure our builds are contemporary and customised with amenities that suit you.
This question is crucial. You need to know what you’re paying from the beginning so you know where you stand and the quality of work you can expect. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we charge competitive market rates, ensuring you are financially comfortable. When it comes to money, being transparent is very important – this is why we don’t hide any charges from our clients. We’ll set a price from the beginning, and stick to it.
A final word
When it comes to building a new home, choosing the right builder is crucial. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we strive to take the stress and hassle out of home building. For further information on how G.J. Gardner Homes can make building easier, please contact us for a friendly chat.