Making sure you ask your builder the right questions before signing a building contract can save you a lot of time, money and heartache.
To lend a helping hand, we’ve put together 10 essential questions to ask your builder.
1 – Do you have a builder’s licence?
All registered builders have a builder’s licence, which is something that they will be more than happy to show you.
2 – Can I see examples of your work?
Walking through a home that your builder has constructed is often the best way to see the quality of their workmanship. This could include visiting their display home (if they have one), a client’s open home or a home currently under construction. You can also ask to see their collection of testimonials and photos.
3 – What insurances do you use throughout construction?
Find out what insurance cover your builder has throughout the construction process. Every state has different policies.
4 – How many homes are you currently building?
Find out how many homes your builder is building at once. This will help you gauge their professionalism and the attention that you will receive.
5 – When can you start and how long will it take?
Getting an idea about when construction will start on your home and when you will move into your new home is essential to know. This will help you plan where to live during the building process.
6 – Do you have a range of home designs?
Most builders have a great range of home designs that you can choose from. These designs should also be flexible so you can turn their standard design into your dream home.
7 – What brands do you use throughout the home?
It is important to know the brands, reputation and products of supplies that go into your home.
8 – How do I choose the fittings and colours of my home?
Putting the finishing touches to create the look and feel you want for your home is a fun process, but it can be stressful. A good builder will have someone to help you through this process to make it as easy as possible.
9 – Are you a local builder?
It is always best to choose a local builder. A local builder knows and loves the local area as much as you.
10 – Can I be assured the price will remain the same?
Builders should offer you a fixed-price contract. Once that is signed you can be confident knowing that you won’t have any nasty or hidden surprises.