Jan 062015

A recently built home in BrisbaneNo matter how handy you are around the home, you’ll always need the help of others when it comes to those bigger jobs. Building your own home is a task not many of us could tackle, so I wanted to offer some advice for you today when looking for a builder for a new home or even a renovation or extension.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams of their ideal house in which to settle down with the family. A house built to perfection and tailored to match the personality and requirements of each member of the household. A house that can bring the family closer together, protect them, and keep them safe. Essentially a house they are all happy to call their home.

Building your ideal home is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time and planning, as well as large amount of money. It’s not as simple as building a sand castle in that if you want to change the design you just can simply rebuild it all over again. Building your home is like setting the foundation for the future of your family life. It needs to be done right, the first time.

Once you have a plan, the next step is to find the right builders to construct your home. It is often said that the most crucial element in construction is not the right materials, but the right builder. They are the artists of your development, so you need to ensure that their vision is the same as your own. Picking the builders is not always as easy as you would think, especially if your new home or renovation isn’t just of standard fare. The more exquisite or irregular a build is, the more technical and skilled the construction team will need to be. A passionate, quality builder is essential because their efficiency and love for their work will be incorporated in whatever they build. You do not want to hire the wrong contractor for your job, or your dream might turn into a nightmare.

We spoke with the team from one of the leading commercial builders in Brisbane who had some advice on choosing the right builder.

Do Your Research

It does not take a secret agent or a private investigator to find out which builders in your area have the best reputation. You can search online; specifically on forums about home renovations and construction. Read about other peoples’ experiences and find out which companies have the most satisfied customers.

Socialize with New Home Owners

The best source of firsthand information about the performance of home builders are from people who have just had their house constructed. Have a chat with the owners of new homes or homes still under construction in your area and let them spill the beans about the attitude and performance of the builders of their homes.

shakeMeet and Greet

Meet some of the known builders around your area in person. Get a feel for their attitude towards your particular job, and decide whether you would trust them with the construction of your new home. Trust your instincts. If you don’t like their attitude or find something about them off-putting, perhaps it would be best to go with a different company.

Consult the Experts

If you are really in doubt speak with industry insiders who would have worked with many builders in the past. Developers, plumbers, electricians etc. would all have inside knowledge of which builders do quality work and which ones do not. Talk with anyone in those or other related industries that you might know, and consider their point of view when choosing your team.

Look out for Industry Award Winners

Take note of any builders who have one industry awards in the past. They must be doing something to stand out from the rest of the builders in your area, find out what it is and see if they are a good match for your task.

While it may take a bit of work, spending time choosing the right builder initially can pay of exponentially in the long run. You can read a trillion stories about working with a nightmare builder (or sometimes a nightmare client if viewed from the builders side), and you don’t want to be another case study. Make sure you get things right the first time and give yourself and your family the best chance of living in your dream home sooner.

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