Four tips for choosing a builder for your new home

19 November 2019

Choosing a builder is the most important decision you’ll make in the home building process. It’s also one of the toughest. Here are four tips for choosing a builder for your new home.

TIP 1: UNDERSTAND YOUR DESIGN NEEDS

It’s important to know what sort of home design you’re looking for before you start evaluating builders. For example, do you need:

  • a two-storey, one-storey, wide or narrow lot home design?
  • an accompanying landscape design for a large garden?

It’s also a good idea to do your research and be aware of the latest design trends. The best builders are across all of these trends, including moves toward sustainable designs that can not only benefit the environment but also save you money.

TIP 2: UNDERSTAND YOUR BUDGET

Your budget obviously affects the type of home design that you can afford. A good builder will be able to provide you with a range of quality options to suit your budget.

However, having a smaller budget doesn’t mean you’re limited to the designs you can build. A good home builder will also provide you with details around the types of materials that can be used to build your home, and this can potentially reduce the cost of your design, and be more in line with your budget.

TIP 3: VISIT A DISPLAY HOME

High-quality builders will have a range of display homes that they can show you. Visiting display homes is a great way to get a feel for a builder’s design styles and the quality of their workmanship.

It’s important to focus on quality when you’re looking at these homes. Poor quality workmanship and materials can cost you in the long run in terms of expensive repairs and maintenance. Make sure the homes you look at have solid foundations and quality materials throughout them.

Good builders should also have plenty of positive online testimonials from satisfied customers, and they should be able to provide you with references.

TIP 4: ENQUIRE ABOUT THEIR WARRANTIES

High-quality builders will also be prepared to back their work with extensive or lifetime warranties. In addition, they are transparent about their building methods, quotes and timeframes. They will also be happy to answer any questions that you may have upfront, and to provide important information in writing.

Ready to build your new home? Get in touch with the team at TERRACE today and discover a little more.