When looking for custom home builders, make sure to take the time to research your options. If you hastily make a decision and go with a builder that isn’t right for you, the process might become more difficult than it needs to be.
Your partnership with the home builder needs to be founded on trust and understanding. Miscommunication and doubt will only create problems during the building process. Such problems could include major time delays and additional building costs.
So, how do you know if you can trust a builder? How do you know if they are as skilled as they say they are? To help you out, we’re going to discuss the five things you should look for when hiring a home builder.
- Licensing and insurance
First and foremost, you should check your builder’s credentials. Hiring licensed and insured builders will ensure that you’re getting high-standard service from registered and qualified workers. Additionally, if something goes wrong in the process, you can be assured that there’s a system that holds the workers accountable. Licensed home builders will also make sure that your property complies with the relevant building regulations in your state or territory.
In Australia, you should ask your home builder if they have Home Building Compensation and Public Liability Insurance. If, for some reason, they can’t prove to you that they’re licensed and insured, it’s best to look for another builder.
Keep in mind that, in some states, the Home Building Compensation isn’t required. Please check local government websites to make sure that your home builder meets all the necessary licensing and insurance requirements in your area.
Unfortunately, some established builders will have expired or revoked licences. So, even if a home builder has been in business for many years, it’s still a good idea to check their credentials.
- Professionalism and people skills
The next thing you should look for is professionalism and communication skills. It doesn’t matter how skilled or qualified your builder is, if they can’t collaborate with you, the partnership simply won’t work.
One way to check if a home builder has good people skills is to look at their customer reviews. You can find such reviews on Google My Business and on social media. Of course, you can directly call or visit the builders to see how they treat their clients.
Remember that both negative and positive reviews are sometimes exaggerated. This could be due to emotions or due to bias towards the builders. Keep an open mind and use the reviews as a rough guide when evaluating a home builder. Don’t always take the reviews at face value.
If you have a friend or a relative who recently had a home built, ask them if they can recommend a company. Getting a recommendation from someone you trust is a more reliable method of finding a trustworthy builder.
If you’re looking for a home builder, you want to find one that’s been in the industry for years or even decades.
An experienced team of builders will know the common pitfalls of the construction process and how to avoid them. They’ll also be experienced in navigating building codes and ensuring that a property complies with all relevant laws. Generally speaking, more experience equals better work.
Also, builders that have been in the industry for a long time have likely worked on dozens of different property types. This means that whatever home design you’re after, an experienced home builder will be able to help you.
You’ll find that some home builders specialise in specific types of properties. As such, it’s important to make sure the builder you’re looking to hire specialises in the services that you want.
For example, if you’re looking to build a duplex home, make sure you hire a builder that specialises in dual occupancies. If you hire a home builder that doesn’t specialise in multi-residential complexes, they may not have enough workers to complete the job. They may not even have the proper channels to acquire the necessary materials.
Another thing to look out for is their environmental policy. Some home builders explicitly advertise that their methods are eco-friendly and are designed to minimise carbon emissions. If the builders don’t provide information regarding this, make sure to ask them directly about the nature of their methods.
- Reasonable pricing
Last but certainly not least: pricing. If you’re going to hire a builder, make sure that their prices are reasonable. Yes, a builder might have the best customer service and best portfolio in town, but if their prices are too high, you might be better with another builder.
Be sure to get quotes and estimates for each of the builders that you’re looking to hire. Compare their prices and look at what they include in each of their services. Remember that just because a builder charges higher prices, doesn’t necessarily mean their services are of a higher quality. Conversely, just because a builder has a lower rate, doesn’t mean they’re offering better value for your money.
Make sure to do your research and consider all your options before committing.
Hopefully, this gave you a little bit of an idea of what to look out for when hiring a home builder. Remember, your home is a huge investment. As such, you shouldn’t rush into financial commitments. Whether it’s choosing a home builder or deciding on the colour of your walls, you should take your time. Carefully consider all your options and you’re sure to find the right one.