Building your own home is one of the most exciting times of anyone’s life. Seeing your plans for your dream home come to fruition is an amazing feeling, and one of great accomplishment. Many people can shy away from building a custom home, in favour of buying a property straight off the plans.
The reasoning behind this is usually a fear that the task of building their own home, would prove a stressful, costly and time-consuming project. However, if you partner with the right home builder, realising your dream home is a hassle-free reality.
Finding the right partner is important in life – and just as much so when building a home! As projects go, building a house will be the most complex and challenging task you ever take on. That’s why you need to find a builder who has the skills and experience to minimise the stress involved and help you realise a dream without significant hardship, financial and otherwise.
If you’re seeking to find the right home builders for your custom home build, we’ve developed a guide full of our top tips to help you find the perfect building partner:
1. Choose a boutique builder
Perhaps the most critical mistake that people is to flock straight to volume builders to build their new home. This is usually because volume builders are the most well-known and advertised. However, while they may have the most well-known reputation, their work rarely revolves around custom builds, so they tend not to have extensive expertise in this area.
Partnering with a boutique builder can lead to a much more seamless project. Boutique builders usually deal only in custom builds so have a wealth of experience in building homes to meet the specific needs of their customers. Unlike volume builders, they won’t refuse to entertain “non-standard” build requests and with a smaller volume of projects ongoing at any one time, you’ll find them to be much more attentive and considerate of your needs.
2. Ensure your builder provides end-to-end assistance
Commissioning a new build has lots of different elements to manage – gaining financing, obtaining council permissions and approval, land registry, engineering checks, architects and well, just a lot of paperwork headaches. The best-fit build for your new home build should be able to assist you with each and every single aspect of the build.
An end-to-end builder will help you to acquire financing, submit council applications, manage registry paperwork, organise and coordinate engineers and architects and most importantly, keep you informed every step of the way. They will be able to explain everything to you in layman’s terms and ensure your input is only needed for decision making.
3. Place a focus on quality
Don’t let a quote be the final decision maker. Put quality first when choosing your home builder as this will be a home you are likely to live in for decades. The quality of work and satisfaction can vary significantly from builder to builder. While a quote difference of $20,000 may seem like a deal breaker initially. The higher bidding builder may offer much greater value long term by ensuring a higher standard of work.
Do you research, ask for references, visit properties they have built in the past and ask for copies of their credentials – including certifications, insurance and accreditation documents. Get to know exactly who is on your builder’s team and their experience, the partners they work with and the quality of materials they use. This focus on quality when selecting a building provider could end up saving you significantly in the long run.
Be patient, be selective
Don’t rush into choosing a builder. Commit the time to doing extensive research and evaluation. Building s home is a significant undertaking and having the right partner in place is crucial to you achieving the right end result, without incurring unnecessary stress and financial hardship. Builder selection is perhaps THE most crucial stage of a new build – so be patient and take your time.