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. That’s why we wrote this in-depth guide on finding a reliable builder. This will ensure you find a good builder, the right builder for your new home.

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 searching methods for a reliable local builder that you know you can trust.

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Word of Mouth

Suppose 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 can go back to the person to ask why they would recommend them on earth.

This is what keeps people honest in their recommendations. This is 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.

This step alone can help you find the right builder. If you don’t know anybody, continue reading.

Online Reviews

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

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

Be aware that some businesses pay to get positive reviews. We tend to emphasise how many bad reviews there are then good ones. Please keep in mind, though, purchasing negative reviews is against the ACCC. We DO NOT try to misrepresent our beloved customers.

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


Ensure that any builder you are 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 two or more years’ relevant building experience. A few formal qualifications count towards getting a builder’s right, and the person must have done one of these. Finally, they need to pass a criminal check.

You’ll want to hire someone with an NSW builder’s license. You can be certain that this person has studied a relevant qualification. This makes sure they are experienced and has no criminal record. This is 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 their skill level for yourself.

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 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 significantly 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 what you want to you. 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.

It’s important to question the builder to make sure they have structured plans for the construction of your home.

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 experiences 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.

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

If you’re doing a renovation, find someone who specialises in renovations. If you’re looking to do new home construction, find someone for that.

There will be times the builder isn’t a specialist, and most builders use an architect for certain services. Builders shouldn’t be experts at everything, but ensure they’re experts in your project.

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 of selecting a reliable builder by going with Buildrite Sydney. We want to make sure you have the advice on the type of project. We’re entirely insured, offer references and show our client work with pride. Our years of industry experience show that we are a local 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. We take care of every detail to ensure the perfect finished product for you. We don’t consider a project finished until everyone working on it is completely happy with the 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.

So, how to find a builder you can trust? It’s clear finding a builder can be tricky, but taking the steps above can get you one step closer to choosing a home builder that’ll get the job done right.

We are part of the Master Builders Association, and it’s important to hire someone part of Master Builders to ensure quality and reliability.

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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