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Building your first home is an exciting time – deciding on colour schemes, choosing floor plan layouts and picturing yourself relaxing in your brand new home.

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But one of the most important decisions at the beginning is choosing the right builder, to ensure that your vision comes together as smoothly as possible. Here we have compiled the five most important things to consider when choosing a first home builder for your brand new home.

  1. PRICE

Price is obviously a big one when making your decision. It needs to be within budget, but make sure that you are not just going for the cheapest quote put forward. Likewise, a quote that is much higher should ring alarm bells. Remember, the cost of materials and labour is fairly consistent, so a quote that is much higher or much lower than the others means that they have most likely misjudged how much time it will take – and you will end up paying for it. Look for a detailed and transparent breakdown of costs, as having a full explanation of pricing will give you the best chance of making the right choice.

This also makes it easier to compare quotes, as you can easily see if the estimates are a direct comparison or missing certain items. Keep an eye out for clauses without a cost such as ‘pending soil test’ as the outcome can make a massive difference to the final costs. It is essential that you understand all of the terms and jargon included, so if there is anything you are unsure of just ask. Finally, if it sounds too good to be true there is a pretty good chance that it is!

  1. COMMUNICATION

Your home builder needs to be someone that you can trust with one of the biggest purchases of your life. Right from the start you need to feel comfortable communicating exactly what you are after, and be confident that the builder in turn is fully upfront with you at every step of the way.

Likewise, a new home build involves a wide range of tradesmen so your builder needs to have a strong relationship with his contractors to ensure there are no unnecessary holdups or issues due to a lack of communication. By meeting with everyone involved from the start you can minimise issues caused from misaligned expectations and ensure that everyone is on the same page.

  1. CREDENTIALS

Do your research. Check with the Master Builders Association and the Department of Fair Trading to make sure that your builder is qualified and registered. While not all builders choose to join their local Home Builders Association it is a good sign that they are committed long-term to the local area.  Never, ever consider an unlicensed builder or a builder who doesn’t have home warranty insurance, as it is never worth the trouble that it can lead to down the track.

Also, consider the previous work that the builder has done – someone who specialises in fitting out commercial or retail stores may not be the best person for your new home build. It’s worth considering asking for references from current clients, as they are immersed in the process and more likely to give you honest feedback on how they have found the experience.

  1. INCLUSIONS

Display homes often include both standard and additional extras in the design, so it’s important to be clear from the start on what is included in the package and what will cost extra. Common features to check would be floor coverings, paint colours, bathroom and kitchen fittings and tile specifications. It’s possible to make upgrades, but just make sure that there is room in the budget. Other questions to ask could include what warranties they offer, including structural warranties, is termite protection included, and if the chosen materials are readily available – if they need to be specially ordered it may cause delays.

  1. WARRANTY AND SERVICE

One of the biggest advantages to building a new home is that the home and most of the products, systems and components are brand-new and still under warranty in case anything does go wrong. When choosing a builder look for someone who provides prompt and courteous service as that will likely transfer to you if you need any work done to the property while under warranty, and who offers a detailed explanation how the process works.

While there are a lot of factors to look for in choosing your new home builder, a high attention to detail in all aspects of their work, clear and prompt communication and a demonstrated pride in their work are all great indicators that they will deliver a finished home that you will love.

To discuss your requirements and talk to an industry expert contact Smoothstart here, or call 08 9202 9292 to have a chat today.

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