How to choose a builder

On the journey to creating a new home, choosing a builder is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Your builder will partner with you to bring your dream to life, so it’s worth taking time to find the right company to work with. These tips will help you focus on what’s important when choosing a builder, so you can make the best decision for you.

PRIORITISE QUALITY

The quality of a builder’s work is the most important thing to look for. You’ll be enjoying your home for many years to come, so you want high-quality work that looks and feels good – and won’t wear out easily.

Plus, if you’re confident in your builder’s craftsmanship and attention to detail, the process of creating your home will be much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to relax because you trust their advice, ability and expertise.

FOCUS ON COMMUNICATION

For peace of mind, you need a builder who’s transparent and will let you know what’s happening with your project at each stage. So take note of how a builder communicates their process for building a home and how responsive they are to your early emails.

To ensure you feel comfortable with your builder, ask plenty of questions so you can get a sense of their communication style. Try these questions to help you learn more about your builder:

  • What is your process for building a new home?
  • Who will be in charge of my build and how often will we communicate?
  • What do you do to make your builds more energy efficient?
  • How many years have you been in business?
  • What standard features do your homes include?

Ideally, your builder will explain everything to you in plain language. But if a term you don’t understand crops up – whether it’s something the builder says or jargon in the contract – make sure you ask about it. Your builder should be happy to explain the term, and it’s a good test of their communication skills too.

And don’t forget, they should be asking you questions as well, and taking time to hear your answers. A good builder will listen carefully to your vision for your home in order to find the best options for you.

CONSIDER THE PRICE

Your budget is bound to be high on the priority list, but don’t choose your builder solely by going with the cheapest quote. Your home is an important investment, so it’s crucial that it’s built well.

While it’s fine to discuss the cost with your builder to make sure you’re getting the best price, be careful of driving the price down too much. Your builder does need to make a profit, so remember that a builder who agrees to a very cheap build will be looking to use the cheapest materials possible, and the cheapest labour – which often means the least experienced tradespeople.

To help you make your decision, get a few quotes from different builders to give you an idea of what a reasonable price is. Just make sure you’re comparing apples with apples – some builders will give a low price at the beginning that doesn’t include everything involved in the project (such as permits and other fees). Ask each builder to explain their prices, in order to find out what the cheaper builders might be missing.

At Toro Homes, our streamlined process makes it easy for you to create your dream home. Our team of experts will guide you through every step, providing advice and answering your questions along the way. Get in touch today to take the first step towards your perfect home.

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