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To help you get started, we’ve put together 10 essential questions to ask your builder before you start your dream home journey. Be sure to have your questions written down, and if you are unsure about the answer, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification! Remember, this is perhaps the biggest purchase of your life, it being as well-informed as possible can help keep your mind at ease.
1 – Do you have a builder’s licence?
All registered builders have a builder’s licence, which is something they will be more than happy to show you.
2 – Can I see examples of your work?
Walking through a home that your builder has constructed is often the best way to see the quality of their workmanship. This could include visiting their display home (if they have one), a client’s open home or a home currently under construction. You can also ask to see their collection of testimonials and photos.
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3 – What insurances do you use throughout construction?
Check what insurance cover your builder has throughout the construction process. Every state has different policies.
4 – How many homes are you currently building?
Find out how many homes your builder is building at once. This will help you gauge their professionalism and the attention that you will receive.
5 – When can you start and how long will it take?
Getting an idea about when construction will start on your home and when you will move into your new home is essential to know. This will help you plan where to live during the building process. However, it is important to remember these dates can never be guaranteed as issues out of the builder’s control, such as the weather, can cause delays.
6 – Do you have a range of home designs?
Most builders have a great range of home designs that you can choose from. These designs should also be flexible so you can turn their standard design into your dream home.
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7 – What brands do you use throughout the home?
It is important to know the brands, reputation and products of suppliers that go into your home.
8 – How do I choose the fittings and colours of my home?
Putting the finishing touches to create the look and feel you want for your home is a fun process, but it can be stressful. A good builder will have someone to help you through this process to make it as easy as possible.
9 – Are you a local builder?
It is always best to choose a local builder. A local builder knows and loves the local area as much as you.
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10 – Can I be assured the price will remain the same?
Builders should offer you a fixed-price contract. Once that is signed you can be confident knowing you won’t have any nasty or hidden surprises.
What other questions did you ask your builder? Let us know in the comments!
You’ve chosen a builder, selected a floor plan and design that suits, received the relevant approvals from your local council and your finance has been approved. It’s now time for the construction of your home to begin.
This is possibly the most exciting stage of any building project because it’s when you get to see your home come to life.
SITE CLEARING AND PREPARATION
Site clearing and preparation is required on most blocks of land before you can start the slab or footings of your home.
This may involve tree removal, demolishing a house or shed on the property, excavation of the land and the implementation of retaining walls.
While you will most likely need a council permit to remove trees and other objects from your property, ensure this process is done before building is ready to commence otherwise this will hold up the progress of your build.
Plumbing will be laid prior to your footings being put down. Footings are an important part of the foundation of your construction. They are normally poured into an excavated trench. The purpose of footings is to support the foundation of the home.
After the plumbing and footings have been laid, the slab can be poured.
The frames are often prepared off-site and then transported to the job site when necessary. They don’t take long to erect, often only a couple of days depending on the weather, other trades and your builder.
Once the frames are up you can really get a sense of your home and the size of each room.
BRICKS OR WEATHERBOARD
This stage really gives the home true structure.
Depending on your builder, your roofing will either go on before or just after your brickwork/ weatherboard is complete. You will have the choice between tiles or metal roofing.
Once your electrical and plumbing wiring has been completed the internal linings of your home will be installed. This involves insulation and plaster.
The lock up stage involves all external doors being installed on the home. This is often when your kitchen will be installed as well as the other more expensive items like tapware, mirrors, bathroom items, vanities and more.
COMPLETION AND HANDOVER
After the construction is completed you will have the opportunity to do a formal inspection of the home. This will give you the opportunity to raise any issues you have with your builder.
After paying your final invoice your keys will be handed over to you and you will be free to move into the home when you wish.
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