Building a house for yourself and your family is a big step. Choosing the right building company is key to realising your ambitions with your new home. Ensuring that you choose a reputable housing company will help you get the home you have dreamed of.
Each year thousands of new homes are built across Australia. Before you choose a building company for your upcoming project, it pays to do your homework and know what questions to ask a potential contractor.
In this blog post, we will look at four important factors to consider when hiring a custom home builder.
1. Know What You Are Looking For
Before you start looking for the right building company, it's important to first understand what kind of house you want. Choose a house style that suits you; a size that is right for your family (especially if it's growing); figure out what your budget is; and consider potential start dates for the build.
A custom home is a home that is designed specifically for your wants and needs. Getting assistance from an architect is important at this stage. When you are armed with this information and know the kind of house you want, then you can start asking questions to building companies.
2. Ask the Right Questions
It's always important to know that you're dealing with a reputable company. Ask about their office location, full company name, insurance, use of sub-contractors, current projects, turnaround time, warranty, and if they are fully licensed.
When asking for an estimate, it is important that they are transparent about their pricing. All quotations provided should be free of charge; beware a company that charges for a quotation.
3. Read Reviews & Get Testimonials
One of the best ways to understand if a particular building company is right for you is to get feedback from previous customers. Many companies have honest reviews on their website which you can read. Ask around; if you know someone who built a new house recently, get their feedback on the building company.
These honest reviews are an important step. As with #2, you should prepare a list of questions for past customers of any company that you are considering to hire. Being prepared helps to avoid any disappointing results on your own project.
4. Get a Written Agreement
Before you hire a building company, make sure to get a written agreement. This should include details about completion dates, pricing, contractors, insurance, warranty, materials used, and payment schedules. Both you and the contractor should sign this agreement.
When in the market for a custom home builder, follow these steps to ensure that you are hiring a reputable company. A company that is transparent and communicative is key to getting the home of your dreams.
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