How to choose the right builder for your next big project
Choosing a builder for a new build can be time-consuming, but it is time well spent in light of the amount of money invested. It is critical to choose a builder you have complete faith and confidence.
Building a new home is one of the most significant endeavours you will undertake in your life, and you want the greatest home builder on your side. There are various critical variables to consider before making a decision.
Do they have expertise in constructing homes in the design and quality that you desire?
This is critical, as each form of home has its own set of issues. You want to feel certain that your builder will not be breaking new ground on your project, but will instead draw on a large repository of information and lessons learnt from previous similar homes.
Cost and budget
Determine the sort of home you need and want, as well as the budget you wish to spend. Most builders “specialise” to some extent and may create homes within a certain price range or style. Are you a first-time homebuyer, a move-up buyer, an empty-nester, or are you finally ready to create your own home? Whichever group you fall into, conduct a search for builders who meet your requirements.
There are speciality builders for first-time homebuyers, mid-range project houses, and high-end bespoke designs, as well as luxury builders for those with a very high budget. There is no value in approaching a first-time home builder about building a bespoke home because their budget, repetitive design, and business plan will almost certainly exclude them from being competitive in a one-off project.
Similarly, a high-end housebuilder will avoid developing a tiny home with a lower profit margin than a more luxury offering. Bear in mind that you should not pick the builder with the lowest offer just on the basis of price. Solicit justifications for the higher bidders’ pricing and ascertain what the lesser bids may have overlooked.
A master builder is a must
By selecting a Master Builder, you are exhibiting a commitment to excellence. To become a Registered Master Builder, certain quality standards must be satisfied, including construction experience, trade and professional credentials, on-site management expertise, and, of course, craftsmanship. Additionally, you’ll have the assurance that their company is financially sound. You are in very capable hands.
Although the Registered Master Builders Association and New Zealand Certified Builders are the two major industry associations for builders, there are some good builders who are not members of either.
Reputation and testimonials
In the construction sector, referrals and word of mouth are extremely effective tactics. The first step is to enquire with friends, relatives, and co-workers about their experiences with builders or construction businesses. They are a reliable indicator of a person’s or organization’s moral character and trustworthiness. Many clients desire the perceived security of a household name, and their selection is influenced by the company’s volume of finished homes.
It is critical to study reviews and chat with previous or current clients prior to signing. A reputable builder will have no problem allowing you to speak with clients and should be able to provide solid, verifiable references.
Utilise Your observational skills
After you’ve completed the preceding stages and created a list of builders that meet these requirements, pay a visit to their model homes and, if feasible, under-construction homes. Pay great attention to the craftsmanship and materials utilised in the construction of their residences.
Are the items manufactured by reputable brands? Are the design elements appealing? Are the floor layouts conducive to your way of life? Is the builder meticulous, or are there areas that appear unfinished? Are the staff and/or subcontractors pleasant, professional, competent, and experienced? How do job sites appear? Are there any “red flags,” such as safety concerns?
Allow yourself time
This is a significant life choice, and once you have gathered all of the necessary information, take your time and decide whether Builder is truly the best match for you. You’ll be living with the consequences of your choice for years to come, so allow yourself time to reflect and consider.
If you’re ready to build your dream home, contact us! We are master builders with almost a decade of experience and specialise in the construction and renovation of premium residential properties. Whatever your building needs are, we can make it happen.