So, you’ve made the decision to build your own home, and now you’re in the market for a custom home builder that’s going to bring to your new home to life.
Things you should consider when choosing your custom home builder:
- Recommendations from family, friends and trusted colleagues
- Their reputation – check their website and social media, and be sure to check out testimonials from a wide range of customers
- Once you have a short list, get quotes from all contenders
- Ask questions
- Go over paperwork with a fine-toothed comb
The Australian market is flooded with builders’ ready to construct your next home. Make sure you choose the best builder for your home by following these tips!
1. Get recommendations from your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours!
Do you have a friend whose home is to-die-for? Have your parents just built the luxury home of their dreams? Is your workmate raving about the amazing builder they’ve been working with?
Ask for recommendations! One of the best ways to whittle down your list of potential builders is to ask those you know and trust for their opinions.
Obviously, you will need to check that any recommended builders provide the services that you require. For example, Dasco Building Group are specialists in building luxury homes, custom homes, first homes specialising in affordable family homes, and multi-unit developments.
2. Check out client testimonials
A great place to figure out who you want to work with to build your new home is the internet – look at builder’s websites and social media, and pay particular attention to customer testimonials. Look at testimonials featured on their website, but also look at community forums for opinions that aren’t necessarily going to be celebrated by the builder.
You want to develop a broad idea about what it will be like to work with this builder through the design and build of your new home, as well as whether or not they’re going to help you if anything goes wrong after you’ve moved in.
3. Get quotes from your shortlist of contenders
Once you’ve asked for recommendations, checked out client testimonials, and developed a shortlist of potential builders for your new home, it’s time to contact your contenders and ask for a quote for your building project.
To make sure you’re getting quotes that you can compare across several builders, make sure you get estimates for the same level of service, for example:
- Building hours
- Number of staff on site
- Level of specifications and building materials to be used
4. Ask all of your questions before you sign any contracts
Once you have all quotes from the different builders you are considering, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If one of the builders is quoting a much lower price than any of the others on your list, ask them why. If it’s much higher, what else will you be getting for your money?
Also, question their credentials, and even ask about any awards they have won. You want to make sure you are getting the best builder for what you are willing to pay!
5. Check the paperwork, then check it again!
As always, read any paperwork before you sign your name! Yes, even the fine print. Find out about company policies – what will happen if there is a defect with your new home after completion? What guarantees is the builder offering? Make sure you negotiate any other terms that you require that you find are not mentioned in the paperwork – and get everything put into writing. Don’t rely on the good word of your builder, no matter how trustworthy they seem!
Dasco – Custom Home Builder Perth
Dasco Building Group are Perth’s trusted custom home builders. We build custom, luxury homes for a wide range of clients. Contact us today to talk about your next building project!