How do I find a great builder for my home?
The best ways to find a builder are by asking friends, neighbours, architects or real estate agents for recommendations, or observing the work sites of nearby projects.
‘A drive around your local area looking for building sites that are neat, have nice signage, and a tidy nature strip out front is a good start. It’s not a sure sign of a good builder, but if they care enough about their site’s presentation, then surely that’s a good indication of how they manage their business,’ says Rhys Vleugel, director of Basis Builders.
You can also ask to speak to some of the builder’s previous clients for a direct testimonial.
‘If a builder is unable to get you to walk through a past project or speak to a past client, then that is not a great sign!’ says James Gooley, director of Visioneer Builders.
The next step is interviewing multiple builders to ensure your values and expectations for the project align. For example, if you’re hoping to have the entire project wrapped up by Christmas, mention this upfront!
James also recommends asking whether the builder has completed projects of similar scale and complexity before and whether there will be a full-time site manager or one managing multiple projects at once.