First Home Owners: 10 Questions To Ask Your Builder

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The quality of builder is key to an easy, stress-free, cost-effective building experience.

For first home owners who’ve never built before, chances are you have no idea how to judge which builders will perform a dream build, and who will cut more corners than a pair of scissors.

Here is our countdown for the top 10 essential questions you should ask when building new homes in Perth.

10. How many new homes are you currently working on?

The number of projects a builder is able to take on will give you a fair indication of company size, and often their ability. A small boutique builder isn’t necessarily a bad thing (they might give your project their full attention), but a larger construction company is likely to be well versed in the process, meaning they have the buying power to keep costs low, and the experience to treat you right.

9. Do you work in the same area I’ll be building (Perth)?

This is important – if your lot lies outside the builder’s usual roaming area, it may be impractical to send out their trusted team of trades. This may lead them to hiring untested, unreliable sub-contractors and subsequently, a substandard build.

8. Can you show me some of your recently finished projects?

Past customers have been in the position you’re in now – you can learn a lot by asking about their experience with your builder.

7. At what points of construction can I inspect the build?

It’s important your builder involves you in the process, otherwise you could get to the final walk-through and realise there’s a long list of stuff-ups that never got picked up. Too bad, so sad!

6. How long have I got for the building maintenance period?

Six months after home completion is a pretty standard time, so make sure your builder offers this service around that mark.

5. Who will be supervising my build?

Look into the supervisor’s past experiences and length of employment, as these people are the key to overseeing a high quality build.

4. When is my last chance to make changes and upgrades?

What you definitely don’t want is to get stung by additional costs by changing your mind mid-build. Find out when the builder’s cut off points are so you can make sure you settle on your design before it’s too late.

3. Has your building company ever been declared bankrupt?

Uh-oh. Signing up to a builder with poor financial history is a dodgier gamble than backing Richmond to make the finals! You don’t want to risk them to going in the red again and leaving you in the lurch… Eject!

2. Do you have Home Indemnity Insurance?

You insure your iPhone in case you drop it in the toilet. So you better make sure your builder has a Certificate of Currency to cover you in the event something goes pear shaped.

1. Are you a licensed builder of new homes (Perth)?

Would you get in the car with an unlicensed 13-year-old taxi driver? Heck no! It might seem like an obvious question, but you’d be surprised at how many first home owners forget to ask. Some even knowingly sign up with an unlicensed builder to save money! Don’t. Do. It. (13-year olds have no idea how to drive). All it takes is to Google ‘check a builder’s licence’.


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