Tips for Choosing a Builder

8266665_xlIt is essential to find a builder that you trust and feel comfortable as they are building your dream home and you want it to be perfect.

The same goes for when renovating your home.

Choosing the right builder is important,  just think like this, if you’re in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home as you want to know that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder.

 Here we have some tips for choosing the right builder:

Ask more than one builder to quote for the job so you can see if the costs being presented are fair and realistic. Clearly, it’s crucial that the information against which they are pricing is absolutely clear and specific otherwise, how can the prices compare?

The cheapest is not always the best. Get the higher bidders to justify their prices and find out what may have been missed by the lower bidders. Often builders will quote low with the intention of clawing back revenue on variations and changes to plans during the build.

Be specific of what do you want. You need to make clear exactly what the builder is being asked to include in the price. Unless all such things are clear, there’s potential for misunderstandings and arguments over money once the work has started.

Visit other jobs each builder has done or is doing and speak with their clients. Check their reviews ( At the very least, drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing

bathroomAsk which guarantees are offered. Builders must now come back and fix defects in the first year following completion, no questions asked.

Registered Master Builders Association and NZ Certified Builders are the two main industry organisations for builders but there are many excellent builders who do not belong to either organisation.

Group House companies can be a reliable and convenient option. All provide standard designs and some will do custom-designed homes as well. They will take care of the whole project for you from start to finish, including project management but not all are as equal as others

All Restricted Building Work as defined by the Building Act must be carried out or supervised and signed off by Licensed Building Practitioners.

Start looking for builders early as especially the good ones, may be booked well in advance.

You may choose to have your architect or designer stay on as full project manager or you may have an arrangement where your builder is the project manager and the designer takes on an overview role.

There are specialist project management companies that can take many of the hassles out of the whole building process and will help ensure you have a quality job.

Have a building contract spelling out all the arrangements for the job, it is good to add the drawings and schedules so it is clear what is included and what is not.

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