When it comes time to pick the builder for your new build or renovations, there are plenty to choose from. My Neighbourhood Builder aims to make this process a little easier by providing you with up to 6 builders who service your local area. This way you know you’re getting a builder who is familiar with the local council rules. The important thing is to pick the right builder for you and your project. Each builder will have their specialties and types of projects that they take on. It is important to take your time when picking your builder and find someone that ticks all your boxes. Check out below our handy tips on how to pick the right builder for you.
One of the first things you should look for is a builder who has experience in similar projects. Someone who understands what it is that you want done and has completed projects similar to it in the past. By having experience in the same area it means you are more likely to receive an above standard and professional job. Rather than choosing someone who has not done anything similar and is going in somewhat blind.
Once you have a few builders that you are considering for the job, take the time to look at reviews that they have received online. By reading about the experiences that other people have had with them, it will help you to shape a picture on the builder, their work ethic and the quality of their work. Positive reviews can help make a big difference when choosing who you want to complete your build or renovation.
A big positive when choosing your builder is finding someone that you can communicate well with and trust with completing the job. If you are not able to communicate with them, it can cause added stress throughout the build. Delays on different parts if information is not passed on. And it can cause arguments and frustration from both parties.
You will be able to tell rather quickly whether or not the trust and communication is there between the two of you. Pretty much from the first point of contact and whether they are willing to speak to you and answer your questions from the beginning.
Quoting and price
Now, the cheaper builder isn’t always the best choice. And the most expensive builder doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to get the best quality work. A builder who takes the time to come out and quote you on the project and then has the time to explain the quote to you and answer any questions that you have, is someone worth considering.
The price of the project of course is going to play a part in who you choose to go with. It needs to be someone that is within your budget. Just make sure you do not simply go with the lowest price because it means more money in your pocket. If you do go with the lowest, go with it because you believe they are the best builder for the job.
One of the most important things to check when picking your builder is that they are certified and able to complete the works under their licence. Different trades people are allowed to undertake different tasks and projects. Being a builder does not automatically mean that they are able to complete everything that is connected to the build. If plumbing or electrical work is required ensure that they are either licenced to do the work or that they have organised the correctly licenced trades person to come in and complete those works.
Take the time to speak to a couple of different builders before picking the one that you want to go with. Word of mouth and referrals from friends and family come in handy. But still do your own research and pick someone based on your own preference.
Check their certifications and licences before agreeing to any works being done. And make sure you see a written quote that is signed before they begin the work.
Once you find your builder, you should be able to trust and communicate with them throughout the whole project. They are there to make things easier for you and should be willing to accommodate you and your needs.
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When you receive a quote, what is the first thing you look at? My bet is that you look at the price. Which of course is a very big part of the quote. Knowing whether or not you are going to be able to afford something is crucial. However what else do you take into consideration when looking at your quotes? There is a lot more than just price that you need to consider when receiving quotes. The cheapest quote may look appealing and suit your budget the best. But will it be the best choice? The most expensive quote, may not necessarily mean the best quality.
So what else should you compare and consider before agreeing to a quote?
Quality of work
If you have received quotes off a number of different builders, it is important to compare more than just their price. The quality of work that you are going to receive plays the most important part. You do not want to spend a lot of money to receive something you are not happy with, or that shows poor quality and workmanship.
Have a look at the different builders websites, social media pages and work that they have completed previously. This can help you to see what their quality and workmanship is like before agreeing to a quote.
Another great way to help you compare quotes is by getting recommendations from family and friends. By asking around and getting an idea of who others have been happy with, it will help you to see who are the more professional builders and who is providing the community with quality work. It also works for who you should avoid. If you have several people all suggesting to stay away from a particular builder, then it might be time to put their quote aside.
Another important thing to consider is the materials that the builders have said they will use. There are many different materials on the market, depending on what you are having done. Your quote should detail the materials that they are looking at using. If they are subpar materials that are not going to last or do not look quality, then this could reflect why their quote is lower than others.
High quality materials will attract a higher cost, however they are also more likely to last and look good in the home for longer.
If you are unsure on the different materials and what is being used, ask your builder. They should be happy to discuss it all with you and help you to understand what they are using and why,
Another important thing to consider and compare when looking at your quotes is the communication with the builder. Are you able to talk to them and ask them questions? Are they willing to help you understand the process and what is involved?
Communication is a key component between the builder and home owner. Without communication it can cause delays, errors and an unhealthy working environment.
If you are finding it hard to communicate with a builder who has provided you a quote, do you think it will get easier once you accept it?
As you can see, price is only one factor that you need to consider when engaging a builder. Take the time to look at each quote and all the factors surrounding it.
Renovations or new builds are expensive, time consuming and at times stressful. You want to make sure that you choose the right builder from the beginning. Someone who understands you and what you want to achieve. Who can communicate with you. And that can provide you with a professional and quality service throughout the entire build.
Remember that your budget still needs to be set and the quote needs to be within this. But that doesn’t mean going with the cheapest one to keep the most money in your pocket. Doing that may actually backfire and result in you having to pay a lot more, especially if you need to engage someone else to come in and fix things or redo it a few years down the track.
Take your time and choose wisely. Check out the builders in our directory who all come highly recommended.