How To Choose A Builder That Is Right For You

Whether you’re building your own home or constructing a commercial building, finding the right builder could make or break your project.

Whether you’re building your own home or constructing a commercial building, finding the right builder could make or break your project. Unlike the control+z function on a keyboard, decisions made by your builder are hard to undo and will last for years afterwards. 

So where should you begin?

Do your research.

This can seem daunting and time-consuming, but you won’t want to skip or rush through this process.

1. Gather quotes

Executive director Brian Seidler from the Masters Builders Association NSW suggests,

We recommend you go to three builders to get quotes, either through a formal tender process or engaging a reputable building broker who will do this for you.

To find the most accurate quote, try to provide as many details about your project as you can. This will give the builder a good idea of the scope and specifications you require. 

2. Do a background check

Some things to keep in mind:

  • They need to have a license to do work over $20,000 (home warranty work)
  • Have they had any issues with clients or sub-contractors in the past? 
  • You can go to the NSW Fair Trading website to see what information is available about your builder
  • If possible, try to talk to previous clients and find out what their experience was like

3. Assess their experience

Experience is invaluable. How long has the company been running for? Have they worked on something similar before? Take a look at the builder’s portfolio and ask questions about their process and philosophy. A good builder should be open and willing to answer your questions.

4. Set expectations - in writing!

Make sure that the quote, plans and contract all match. You don’t want any nasty surprises along the way that could cost you even more time and money. A written warranty, as well as proof of workers’ compensation, liability insurance and a builder’s warranty, is also key. 

Remember that your dream home or building is just the right builder away! Having a builder that you can trust with such an important project will make all the difference. At Buildrite Sydney, we take our building construction and carpentry work seriously, ensuring the highest quality and care is taken at each step. Feel free to contact our team if you’d like to find out more about how we can help you with your next project.

Buildrite Sydney can help you with all these steps and any questions you may have. We understand that it may be daunting to start the process, however, our team are always there to answer any questions you may have.

Sources:

www.smh.com.au/money/insurance/how-to-choose-the-right-builder-20190503-p51jvr.html

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