Tips for finding the right Brisbane home builder
Building a new home can be a very exciting thing. However, it involves a whole lot of planning and consideration. Considering the amount of money that you will be investing, it definitely pays to hire reputable home builders who know what they’re doing. Chances are, you’ve never hired a house builder before – so how are you supposed to know what to look for? The following tips and advice can help you zero in on the builder who’s right for you.
Swing By a Job Site
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of prospective builders to a handful, swing by a job site for each one. Ideally, it should be an active job site for a project that they are currently working on. Each company should be more than willing to tell you where such sites are. What you’re primarily looking for is orderliness and cleanliness; if the site is a huge mess, it could be a red flag about the overall quality of the builder’s work.
Check with Subcontractors
House builders work with a huge number of different subcontractors, since their primary job is coordinating the building of a house. Track down firms and others who have worked with the builder in the past. What is their overall impression of the builder? Do they seem to have a favourable opinion about him? If not, you should probably cross him off of your list. After all, the subcontractors will do most of the detailed work on your house; if they’re unhappy with the builder, things may not go smoothly.
Talk to Recent Customers
Ask the prospective builder for references from some of their most recent customers. Pay those customers visits to see what their general opinion is of the contractor. Ask them how smoothly the project went, and whether or not they would ever work with the builder again. Ideally, the customers should have mostly glowing, positive things to say. A few minor complaints are par for the course, but if the customers are primarily unhappy, you’ll know to move along to somebody else.
Look at Older Jobs
Another key thing to find out about the builders who you consider is the quality and durability of their work. Sure, that house may look great now – but how will it look in five years? Ask for references to customers from at least five years ago, then go and see how their houses are holding up. If there are several readily-apparent issues with the houses, that can’t be explained away by normal wear and tear, you’ll know that the builder may not provide topnotch work. You could also check with the homeowners to get their opinions, too.