You want a positive and easy relationship with your builder, with open lines of communication and you want them to have a good reputation in the industry
as well. One tip, which will help you communicate your needs to your builder, is to keep a scrapbook or mood board of how you want your home to feel
This way, you can not only talk to a builder about what you want in your new home, but you can also show them images as well. Visual ideas and concepts
are a good way to share your vision for your home and the feel or vibe you want. At this point it is important for you to make a list of your non-negotiable
requirements for your new home and also a list of negotiables.
With these two lists you can start to search for a builder or developer who can give you everything on your non-negotiables list and as many from the negotiable
list as possible, and all within your budget.
Tips on selecting the best builder or developer for your new home
1. Building license
It doesn’t matter where you live in Australia, builders must have a licence to build or renovate homes. Most builders will have their builders licence clearly displayed on their websites, but you can check yourself on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website. You can also check the dispute history of a builder, so you can minimise your risk of hiring
a licensed builder with a poor reputation.
2. A good reputation
It is important that you locate a builder with a solid reputation within the industry. The easiest way to do
this is to read customer testimonials on the builder’s website and to ask the builder for the contact details of previous clients.
3. Project management skills
You want a builder who is highly experienced in managing the entire build. This means that you can stand
back and leave the hiring and firing of trades people to your project manager. You can also rely on them to source all of the construction materials,
organise the foundations, electricity, gas and water connections, as well as any permits that are required.
4. Check out their designs
Any good builder or developer will have a gallery of their available home designs and a number of display
homes as well. Visit their display homes or previous client’s homes and check out their finishes and the flow of the homes as well.
5. Standard inclusions
You need to know all of the standard inclusions provided by your builder and maybe more importantly, what
is not included. Once you know the standard inclusions, you can talk about the available upgrades and costs involved, not forgetting to give due
consideration to what is not included in your builders package. For example, a certain amount of frontal landscaping may or may not be included
by your builders, and knowing this can alter your budget (at Thompson Sustainable Homes we include a landscape package with your new home).
6. Warranties and contracts
Make sure that you understand and accept all warranties given to you by your builder, before signing
the contracts. Also, read through the building contracts before you sign them, asking questions as needed, and it is a good idea to have your real
estate lawyer review the contract before you actually sign.
Lastly, most good builders have a showroom displaying their home designs and you are welcome to visit the Thompson Sustainable Homes showroom at Mooloolaba at your leisure.
For more information on our home designs, call Thompson Sustainable Homes on 1300 904 040, complete our online enquiry form or drop into our showrooms at 167-171 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, QLD.