Are you seeking a low ball price from a builder?

Did you know not all Builders are the same?

Look deeper than some glossy photos and a presentable and well and intentioned personality- as that shine may soon wane. Let’s provide you some information to help you choose the right builder

A poor builder looks like this – 

  • Low ball price to get his foot in the door and then hit you up for extras later
  • Inexperienced
  • Poor documentation
  • Does not price the job properly (could go broke half way through the build)
  • Often unavailable because he is spread thin and trying to be in 10 places at once
  • Insufficient funds and financial backing, likely with higher insurance premiums due to risk profile
  • Poor site supervision
  • Cheap trades and materials
  • Un happy clients and poor reviews
  • In sufficient insurances
  • Does not answer the phone
  • Poor safety
  • Does not pay his trades

So what does a good builder look like, who can I trust?

  • Good track record – he is experienced and been in business many years, you can do an online search on his Licence to find valuable information
  • A specialist
  • Good communication
  • Documented system and process, you will notice a set processes for the way he operates and documentation to go with this
  • Covered with home warranty insurance and other full suite of insurances
  • Looks after and invests in staff, Industry training and compliance
  • Dedicated software systems
  • Good communication, you can pick up the phone and speak to someone
  • Quality trades
  • Good client reviews
  • Quality experienced and educated staff
  • Complies with statutory requirements
  • Will sign a contract and provide insurances before taking a deposit
  • Has solid financial credentials

We can go on but we are highlighting how much goes on behind the scenes, the things you may not see or have thought about and what is required to run a successful building business the things that need to be in place to provide quality and service.

So going back to our first question – do expect the quality experienced builder to cost more, these costs do need to be passed onto the client, choose your builder based on the right qualities and not a cheaper price.

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