HOW TO: Choose Your Builder

HOW TO: Choose Your Builder

When it comes to choosing your builder, there are many things to consider. You want to find someone trustworthy and experienced who understands your unique vision for your project. There are a few key things to look out for when researching and eventually selecting a builder:

The Right Builder For You

The first step in any build, is to work out what type of project you’re after. Is it a completely new custom home, a custom renovation or a raise and build under? Whatever it may be, make sure the type of project you choose helps you achieve your home goals. For example, if you’re after more space, opt for an extension or raise and build under or, if you’re after a change, perhaps it’s best to consider a renovation.

Once you’ve decided on the style of your project, you need to find an experienced builder who specialises in the type of project you’re looking at. Ideally, you want a builder who will take care of absolutely everything with care and understanding. Look out for a builder with comprehensive processes and excellent communication tools to ensure a stress-free build journey. You’ll also want to look out for someone who offers a fixed price contract with very few prime cost and provisional sum items.

How Will I Know?

As with everything, you should do your research and talk to other people. The right builder is likely to come recommended from friends and family, is experienced and professional and has long-standing systems and processes in place to ensure success. For a renovation project, it’s best to find someone experienced in this type of project and explore their portfolio and past work before making a final decision. Always make sure your chosen builder has the correct licences and insurances before signing on with them.

Engaging Your Builder

The best time to select your builder is right at the beginning of your project. This will ensure your design fits within your budget. Many clients make the mistake of paying for expensive architectural plans, only to discover later that they can’t afford to build them. A great builder will work alongside you and your building designer to ensure your stick to your budget throughout the design stage and into the project.

Your builder may also offer suggestions throughout the planning stage to save you money and ensure a smoother build journey down the track. Engaging in a Preliminary Agreement with your builder before the design stage can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. 

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For more information on how to select the right builder for your project, get in touchwith the team at King Builders today!

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