Choosing a builder for your new home is an important decision and requires careful consideration. Here are some steps you can take to help you choose the right builder:

Research builders: Start by researching builders in your area. Look for builders who have experience building homes similar in size, style and quality to the home you want. Check their websites, online reviews and social media pages.

Visit show homes: Visit the builder’s show homes to get a sense of the quality of their work and the materials they use. Take note of the craftsmanship, finishes, and attention to detail.

Ask for referrals: Ask friends, family or co-workers if they know of any good builders. If someone you know has recently built a home, ask about their experience and if they would recommend the builder they used.

Check references: Once you have a list of potential builders, ask for references from previous clients. Contact those references to ask about their experience with the builder, the quality of the work, and whether they would recommend the builder.

Check for licenses and insurance: Make sure the builder is licensed and insured. Ask to see their license and proof of insurance, including liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

Ask about warranties: Ask the builder about their warranty policies. A good builder should offer a warranty that covers structural defects and other issues that may arise after construction is complete.

Meet the builder: Finally, set up a meeting with the builder to discuss your project and ask any questions you have. Use this opportunity to assess their communication skills, responsiveness, and overall professionalism.

Don’t rush into a contract, before you have spent time with the builder for them to understand your needs, wants and specifications. All of these things will impact on the cost of your project.

By taking the time to research and vet potential builders, you can increase the likelihood of finding a builder who is a good fit for your project and who can deliver the home of your dreams.

Remember cheapest at first glance, may not in fact be the best and have hidden costs, or omit key areas of costs. Make sure you are comparing apples with apples, otherwise this may catch you and your budget out down the track, long after you have signed a contract with your builder.  This will lie in the detail of the pricing, there are 100’s of things that make up the cost of a building project.