Comparing Home Builders - 5 Questions to Ask Before Signing Anything

Date Monday, 9 April 2018 12:00 AM

 Time to Read: 3 minutes, 02 seconds

Building a new home is a major financial and logistical undertaking.
Therefore, it’s important to choose the right builder. Unfortunately, many builders promise the world, but fail to deliver. The simplest way to compare home builders is to do some research on the internet, and then call the builders you like. In this post, we outline 5 fundamental questions to ask yourself before signing with a builder.
1. Do you like the builder?
It sounds superficial, but liking and trusting a builder is important. Given the amount of ongoing contact you’ll have with the builder, a friendly and honest relationship makes commercial sense. From the moment you sign with a builder, you’ll be involved in a series of design, planning and milestone meetings. When it’s time to choose your builder, do the research and be guided by your “gut” feel.

2. Is the builder qualified to deliver? 
A builder needs to be licensed when it comes to building a home. Licensing takes place at a State and Territory level. Unless you’re dealing with a large national building firm – like G.J. Gardner Homes – your builder’s credentials should be checked. The hyperlinks below provide a starting point for these checks.
Once you’ve established that a builder is licensed and insured, you’ll need to ascertain the builder’s level of experience and expertise. A builder that’s been in business for over 10 years should have multiple reference sites - possibly even a display home. G.J. Gardner Homes - Australia's number 1 rated national home builder - has been building quality homes since 1983.
3. Does the builder offer a comprehensive range of designs and options?
As they say, variety is the spice of life. A good builder will provide a wide range of home designs and building options. After all, you should be happy with your new home - probably the single biggest purchase you’ll ever make.
G.J. Gardner Homes offers over 150 customisable home designs, along with house and land packages in many parts of Australia. To catch a glimpse of some beautiful designs, take our 3D Design Tour. G.J. Gardner Homes also provides expert advice on custom homes, knockdown-rebuilds, investment properties and various building regulations.

4. Does the builder follow a proper building process?
If you’re serious about building a home on time and on budget, a builder needs to have proven processes and a reputation for reliability. You’re more likely to experience building delays and cost overruns if a builder isn’t properly organised. Building delays are not only inconvenient, but expensive if you’ve got bridging finance.
An experienced builder will outline the steps and timeframes involved in building your home, and answer any questions along the way. As a prominent national builder, G.J. Gardner Homes provides online access to weekly progress reports via its Project Tracker application.
5. Does the builder provide a fixed price contract?
By law, a builder is required to draft a building contract, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of the customer and the builder. You’ll be required to sign this document prior to the commencement of work.
At G.J. Gardner Homes, we take transparency and accountability a step further by providing our customers with a fixed-priced contract, which locks in the project price. Even if you’re buying a house and land package, which involves separate land and house contracts, our fixed-price guarantee applies.
A final word
When it comes to building a new home, choosing the right builder is crucial. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we strive to take the stress and hassle out of home building. For further information on how G.J. Gardner Homes can make building easier, please contact us for a friendly chat.

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