When you’re planning to buy a custom-built home, shopping around for a good builder is just as important as designing the new house.
If you’re in QLD, for example, there are many new homebuilders in Brisbane who have extensive experience and can offer competitive rates. The many choices available can make it difficult for you to make a decision, but you can make the process much easier if you stay organised.
Here is what you need to do to find the best builder that’s right for you:
List Down All Potential Builders
Ask your friends and family for referrals. If you can get in touch with local real estate agents, they likely have many recommendations. Search the Queensland real estate listings and note down builders and their price ranges.
Look For Accreditation
Licensed homebuilders have gone through the rigorous certification process to ensure they can provide high-quality construction service. For Brisbane builders, look for accreditation from associations such as Master Builders Queensland and Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
Ask About Their Experience
Two things are important here — the length of time the builder has been in operation and the years of service of their contractors. The best builders should have extensive experience combined from themselves and their partners.
Inspect Display Homes
Inspect display homes and look for signs of high-quality workmanship and material. Good builders should be able to duplicate the quality of their work in display homes in the homes they build for sale.
Visit Customers’ Homes
Ask for customer references and interview them if possible. Drive by their homes, preferably on a weekend, and ask their opinions about the builder and their homes. If you’re shy, you should at least be able to drive by the neighbourhood to check out the appeal of the homes.
When you’ve zeroed in on a builder you think you would love to work with, ask for a detailed quote. Don’t be complacent about “estimated costs” or costs “to be announced.” A good builder should give you a fixed price and provide the details for every single cost. If not, it may be time to look at the next builder on your list.