Building a home is a huge financial and emotional investment. The most critical decision you’ll make throughout the process is picking the right builder. Your builder has the power to make or break your building experience, so it’s not a decision to take lightly. When choosing your builder, it’s essential you do your research and make an informed decision. To help you out, here are a few tips for selecting the right builder from iThink Principal and Real Estate Agent, Ben Walker.
FOCUS ON QUALITY
Whether you’re choosing to build your forever home or sell straight away, there is one thing you need to get right, the quality. The structure of your home is the key to its longevity so the quality of its ‘bones’ is something not to take light-heartedly. An easy way to get a feel for the quality of a builders work is by looking at their display homes. While walking through, don’t be afraid to ask about the structural materials you can’t see and understand what materials they use. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and money by asking these questions and doing a little extra research.
ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. A good place to start is to ask family and friends for their experience with builders. You can also try looking in your local newspaper, ask local tradesman in your area or have a chat with a real estate agent. Once you’ve got a few builders names down, do some research and look into their portfolio of work. If you’ve got direct contact information for any of the builders, use this to ask them about their recent jobs and if they have any clients you could call for a chat. Otherwise, many building companies will have a website where you can view various house designs, testimonials and contact information.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Good communication is crucial when building a home. To ensure your build runs as smoothly as possible you need to make sure you and your builder are on the same page every step of the process. Before you pick a builder, make sure you take note of their communication style and ask a few questions. Some ideas of questions you might like to ask are; Who will be my direct contact person throughout the build? Are you a licensed builder?, Do you work in the same area I’ll be building? What other projects will you be working on at the same time? A good builder will not only answer all your questions but will encourage you to ask more!
BEN WALKER – PRINCIPAL & REAL ESTATE AGENT
0418 160 960
Following his successful NRL career, Ben took his passion for Real Estate to a new level, moving from simply buying, selling and developing his own investments, to becoming a Licensed Real Estate Agent and helping friends and family deal with the often stressful and time-consuming sales process. Now he is spreading his wings to help the local Ipswich and Toowoomba community to ensure selling or buying their home is no longer an emotional roller coaster, but a smooth transition.