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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!
When choosing a builder to build your home, extension or investment property you must first ensure that they have an up-to-date builders licence.
You can do this by contacting the state regulatory body, performing an online licence search or ask your builder to show you their licence card. Doing this before you commit to a particular builder will ensure that the builder is qualified and that you are protected from any possible defects throughout the building process and after the home or work is completed.
Once you have found a builder it’s important to know what questions to ask them before you sign any contracts and before construction commences.
Insurance – ask your builder what kind of insurance cover they will have throughout the construction process.
Previous work – ask your builder to show you examples of work they have previously completed. This will give you a good idea of their building capabilities as well as the quality of their work.
Current work – ask your builder how many homes they are currently building and how many homes they usually build per month or year. This may influence the time it takes to complete your build.
Cost – ask your builder to provide you with a detailed quote outlining each stage of the building process, how much it will cost and when each payment needs to be made. This will allow you to organise your finances and living arrangements during this time.
Time – ask your builder to provide you with an exact timeline of when they will commence building, how long each stage is expected to take and when they will complete the work. If you have this in writing it will be easier to hold your builder accountable.
Suppliers – ask your builder what brands/ products they use and why they use them. Do your research into the products and brands to ensure they are high quality.
Local – ask your builder if they are a local builder and if they have built many homes around the area. Choosing a local builder is best because they know the area and often live nearby.
Range – ask your builder about the range of home designs they have on offer. The bigger the range the more likely you are to find something to suit your specific lifestyle, family and budget requirements.
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