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This is because you are not always comparing apples with apples. Some builders may not provide you with all the expenses upfront, and there are many items that may be inclusive with one builder and non-inclusive with another.
It is important to recognise what sort of variations may be affecting your quote.
Things to look for include a minimal amount of PC allowances (an allowance for an item which cannot be costed exactly), the cost of any variations to the house plan you require, labour rates and the quality of the materials.
The best thing you can do is make yourself aware of these factors so you can more accurately compare your quotes.
Researching your builders and thoroughly examining your quotes are key. If you have certain provisions, make sure you provide the same information to all builders so they are can price it equally. Try and find a builder who is going to be as transparent as possible.
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