How To Find The Right Builder in Sydney

Finding the right builder in Sydney can be tricky, that's why we have come up with a guide showing you exactly how.

When you’re having your home renovated or having a new house built, the search for a builder is stressful.

You can often feel like you’re flying blind, having to choose someone when you don’t know if they are reliable or not. But there are a few methods of searching for a reliable builder that you know you can trust.

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Word of Mouth

If you know other people who’ve had recent renovations done, you could ask them whether they liked their builder and who it was. If you respect the opinion of the person you are asking, this is a sure way of finding out whether or not the builder was any good.

People are likely to be honest with you because they don’t want to lead a friend astray. If the builder turns out to be unreliable, you will surely go back to the person to ask why on earth they would recommend them.

This is what keeps people honest in their recommendations, and why these are often more reliable sources of information than online reviews.

Personal recommendations have forever been a reliable source of finding quality in any service or product.

Online Reviews

While word of mouth may be a sure way to find out which builders are good or not, maybe you don’t know anyone who has used a builder lately. Online reviews may not be as good as hearing from someone you know personally, but they can still be useful.

For example, if a builder has a high percentage of negative reviews, then you can take that as a red flag and choose to go with someone else.

Just be aware that some businesses pay to get positive reviews, so we tend to put more emphasis on how many bad reviews there are than good ones. Please keep in mind though, purchasing negative reviews is against the ACCC and thus, We DO NOT try to misrepresent our beloved customers.

Another place to go is the NSW Fair Trading website which has information about many builders. You can check on there to see if they have a history of disputes or grievances from past clients or sub-contractors.


Ensure that any builder you are looking at hiring has their NSW builder’s licence. This is important because it shows that they are skilled enough to be a licensed builder.

When builders apply for this licence, they must prove that they have 2 or more years’ relevant building experience. There are a few formal qualifications that count towards getting a builder’s licence and the person must have done one of these. Finally, they need to pass a criminal check.

So, when you hire someone with an NSW builder’s license you can be certain that this person has studied a relevant qualification, is experienced, and has no criminal record. This is certainly a good start when choosing a builder.


It’s better if you can find a builder who is experienced. People who have been builders day in and day out for years are less likely to make avoidable mistakes when working on your property.

If they have been practising for a long time, they will also have a history of clients that you can check out reviews from.

Additionally, they may post some of their previous projects online. By checking out a builder’s previous projects, you can see for yourself what their skill level is.

Look online for photos of previous projects and you can see what their style is and what degree to which they finish a job.

This is perfect as you will be able to see work they have completed in the past.

Scope of Work

One of the very best things that you can do to ensure your builder is reliable is to create a clear, detailed scope of work. If you are certain that you and your builder are on the same page, this can greatly reduce any miscommunications and frustration.

Consider what work you want to be done and clearly outline this. Perhaps even show a friend and ask them to explain back to you what you want. Then you will quickly see whether there are any gaps in the scope you have created.

Without a complete scope of work, a builder will be unable to give you a realistic quote.

This is the cause of many cases of builders ‘overcharging’. They more than likely weren’t trying to overcharge, but the quote didn’t match the price due to the scope of work.


Not all builders are alike as they will have different experience and specialties. So, not every builder will offer the services you require. By making sure you choose a builder who can offer what you need, you will save yourself a headache later on.

Otherwise, projects can be left unfinished as the builder may simply not have the knowledge or skills to do the specific job you need to be completed.

Quote Comparison

Most people decide to get quotes from 3 different builders before selecting one, and there is a good reason for this.

It’s because it enables you to see if a builder is overcharging for materials, for instance, or other factors.

You can also compare the project specifications, milestones, estimated time spent, and more!

Select a builder who itemises everything they are charging you for rather than just showing an overall cost without breaking it down. You could be paying thousands in hidden extras otherwise.

Buildrite - The Right Builder

Take the hassle out of selecting a reliable builder by going with Buildrite Sydney. Our years of industry experience show that we are a trusted builder in New South Wales. Established in 2001, Buildrite has built up a business on the foundation of satisfied clients.

We treat every single project as though it were our own home, so we take care of every detail to ensure the perfect finished product for you. We don’t consider a project finished until every person we have working on it is completely happy with the final outcome.

Whether you’re looking at having a new home built, your existing home renovated, or a commercial building constructed, we’re here to help.

Our team of experts will be with you every step of the way during the building process, so you know what’s going on at all times. Contact us today and find out why we are one of NSW’s most trusted builders.

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