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Things to consider when choosing a builder

Building your new home is a journey that needs to be made with the right builder. Choosing a builder is an important decision that will make the experience stress-free and exciting, so it’s important to do your homework and make an informed selection. 

One of the best ways to find a builder is by visiting a range of display homes in your target community, and getting a list of recommended builders from the developer. You could also ask your friends and family for recommendations. Another option is to look at builder websites for designs that may appeal to you. 

Ask the builders if you can see examples of houses they have completed recently, and see if you can talk to the owners. This way you can get an insight into the process involved and ask if the quality of work was good, if work was completed on time and if the builder was easy to work with. If the builder shows you a display home, ask what is included and what is not. Display homes usually feature the best appliances, fittings and finishes, so ask if these are included in the standard package. 

Once you narrow your list down to three builders, supply them with the same set of requirements and ask for a detailed quote. Go through each quote carefully, and watch out for unrealistically low estimates. Remember that it’s worth paying more for a reputable builder with good quality work. Find out exactly what is included in the final price and whether the price is fixed. 

Also be sure to enquire about environmentally friendly features and whether they are incorporated in the design. All new houses must meet mandatory energy star ratings; find out whether your new home simply meets these standards or whether it can be improved. This will keep the cost of power, water and gas in check in the future. 

Make sure your builder is qualified and licensed for the type of work you want done. New home builders must hold a license from relevant authorities, so be sure to check for this. Also find out whether the builder will manage all stages of the process for you, including lodging design applications and getting council approvals. Some states require builders to have home warranty insurance to protect you against unfinished work or a botched job. Ask to see your builder’s insurance for yourself. 

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