Selecting a builder to construct your new home is as important as deciding on its size and style, and therefore, worthy of careful consideration.
The first step is to narrow down your geographical choices and ultimately, to choose the area in which you want to live for the foreseeable future.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’ve chosen The Ponds, Sydney.
To begin your quest to locate a quality builder in The Ponds, you’ll need to make up a list of questions to ask each prospective builder you interview.
This is an important preliminary, because it’s too easy to listen to a presentation and have your mind go blank when the builder asks if you have any questions! It’s also just a smart business practice to be prepared for a meeting, and after all that’s what contracting with a builder is — a business transaction.
Here’s a sample list of questions to ask. You may think of a few more questions to ask that aren’t included here. If that’s the case, by all means, add them to your list!
Once you’ve compiled a list of available builders, you can check their websites to see if the types of homes they build match your vision. You’ll also learn things like how long they’ve been building homes in the area, and other important information about them.
Once you’ve compiled a list of builders you feel comfortable with, it’s time to start making appointments to meet with them — armed with your list of questions, of course!
A good reputation is important, which is why it’s a good idea to check testimonials of owners of homes constructed by the builder you’re considering hiring.
How long they’ve been in business matters too. The longer they’ve been building, the better they’re likely to be at producing a quality product, and the more assured you can be of their integrity since a builder that short-changes clients isn’t likely to stay in business for very long!
Champion Homes has been building quality, beautiful homes for Sydney families since 1998 and we’d love to help you build yours too.
A high price isn’t always a sign of quality in a building firm but it’s important to resist the temptation hiring a builder primarily on the basis of a low price quote. If one firm comes back with a quote for your project and it’s significantly lower than the other prices quoted for the same scope of work, it should arouse some suspicion.
It may just be that the other quotes are excessively high and the one firm is simply good value, but more likely the “low-ball” firm is putting in a speculative bid to try and get the work — and aims to make more profit on the project perhaps by cutting corners or presenting you with a range of extra charges as work progresses!
Once you’ve done your homework, gotten answers to your questions, reviewed quotes and checked your contract, your way forward will be much clearer. In the end, you’ll be glad that you did your homework and taken your time in choosing because you’ll be able to proceed with your new home plans feeling completely confident that you’ve made an informed choice.
If you really are considering a newly built home in the greater Sydney region, be sure to include Champion Homes on your list of potential builders.
With 20 years under our belts, we build some of the best quality contemporary homes in the area, and we’ve got the reputation to back up our building expertise! Contact us today for more information!