How to find the right builder for you

How to find the right builder for you
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Hiring the right builder is crucial to the whole building experience.

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Key qualities
People who have been involved in building or renovating a house typically report that the key factor in making it a happy experience is finding a good builder and subcontractors. 

What most commonly soured the experience, for people ConsumerBuild talked to, were:


In contrast, people who’d had positive experiences reported that the builders they hired all had the following qualities:

Finally, talk to each one and decide if you think you can work with them on a daily basis. You need to be comfortable with them, believe communication channels will be open, and confident they are capable of turning the designs into a high quality/satisfactory house.

Get an independent opinion: 
If you still can’t decide on which builder to choose, ask an independent person, for example a quantity surveyor, or another builder, to look at all the tenders. Remove the names of the builders and ask the independent person what they think of the quotes and the service being offered. You might have to pay them for this check but it will be a small investment to help you find the right builder.

Where to look for a builder: 
It may be part of your brief with your designer that they engage the builder and subcontractors. Usually an architect/designer works with a pool of builders (who in turn work with a pool of subcontractors). So the architect/designer will advise you who they usually work with.

If you are going to select the builder yourself, start looking around early. If you see a house you like, ask the owners who built it and if possible talk to them about any problems with construction and what the builder was like to work with.

Ask for recommendations from friends and colleagues, your mortgage manager, the real estate agent and others in the house business. Word soon gets around about who is reliable and who you should avoid. Get a list of names and start a pre-selection list.

Many companies provide project management, guidance and advice. Make use of it and avoid those companies that don’t offer this sort of support.

Publish at: , last modify at: 30/06/2013

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