When it comes to creating the home of your dreams, it comes down to choosing the best builder for the job at hand.
Whether you’re executing a new build, adding an extension to your home, or even doing some major renovations, you want to be sure that you have the best builder for the job. It’s your home, after all, so it needs to be perfect – and hiring the wrong professional can not only cost time and energy but also ruin your home.
And, these days, having the perfect sanctuary is more important than ever. Here’s how to cut through the noise and choose the best builder for your new build or renovation.
What should I look for when hiring a builder?
When hiring a builder, you will want to look for someone who is experienced, budget-friendly, and able to bring your vision to life. Your builder will also put on many hats, helping to:
- Work with your bank if necessary to track costs and collect payments
- Communicate with your building inspectors, members of the design team, and local jurisdiction so you don’t have to be the go-between
- Coordinate the order, approval, and installation of major appliances and building products
- Review the home to make sure that everything is completed properly
In short, their job can be very important, and you’ll want to make sure that the builder you hire is up to the task. To this end, you should look for someone who:
- Has a vast knowledge of all aspects of home construction, and will be able to oversee many areas of the job and help you reach your goals
- Has experience with your type of home build including the size, style, and area that you hope to build or remodel in
- Can offer plenty of good reviews for their work
- Has a permanent business location and can show that they’ve been in business for a while.
- Is registered with your local home builder’s association
- Has the right worker’s compensation and liability insurance for the job
What questions should I ask the potential builder?
There are many pointed questions that you can ask to ensure that the potential builder you’re hiring can check all the boxes. Specifically, we recommend that you ask:
- Is there a previous customer that we could speak to or an example of a home that we could see in person? This is really important! All builders will have good reviews on their website, but talking to a real customer about their experience can give you invaluable information about the builder’s work ethic, their ability to meet deadlines, their communication style, their ability to stay within budget, and other key details.
- How long have you been in business? As we mentioned, a long-standing business is generally more trustworthy. What’s more, it generally takes 3-5 years for a building business to be financially stable, and you’ll want to make sure that the professional that you hire will be able to service any warranties and help you for years to come.
- What is your worker’s compensation and liability insurance? If they don’t have enough insurance, you could be liable for any accidents or mistakes that happen on your property, and you certainly don’t want that to happen.
- Can you provide a complete written contract? Verbal agreements don’t always go very far, and it can be easy to forget certain details that you and your potential builder agreed upon. The right team will be able to provide you with a comprehensive written contract, and they won’t put up a fight when you ask for this step to be completed.
- How do you guarantee your work? Things happen: electricity gets wonky, things break, paint chips. And you’ll want to make sure that your builder will be there to support you when something does go wrong. At Hardy Construction, we back all of our projects with a 20-year workmanship warranty, so you won’t ever have to worry about unforeseen expenses or repairs that your building team should have taken care of.
- What materials do you use? What kind of wood, glass, electronics, pipes do they use? Do those fit your budget and your aesthetic preferences? Do they provide the durability that you’re looking for? This is important to get right. If you want your job to include materials that they don’t normally work with, they may not do the best job. So it’s important to make sure that they have access and experience with the materials that you’re looking for and expecting.
- Do you acquire all the necessary permits? Permitting can be a long and confusing process, and you could face heavy fines if you get it wrong. Having a builder that can help you with this step can be extremely useful.
Is it worth hiring a professional builder?
If you’re undergoing a new build, an extension, or a significant renovation (and you’re not a builder yourself), we recommend that you do hire a professional builder. The right person will be able to:
- Save time so you can do your job and spend time with loved ones rather than focusing on your build
- Streamline the process as they will have relationships with all the subcontractors needed to get the job done efficiently
- Face the unexpected including things like weather delays
- Purchase materials and fixtures at lower overall costs
- Avoid mistakes that could cost you serious time and money down the line
Build a firm foundation with Hardy Construction
If you’re looking to build or extend on your home, you want to hire the right builder for the job. Making sure that you know what you’re looking for ahead of time – and that you ask the right questions and hold the right expectations – can help ensure that you hire the right professional the first time around. That way, you’ll have the perfect space, not a sea of headaches, for years to come.
At Hardy Construction, we have the experience and know-how to work on building projects of all shapes and sizes. We work with each individual client to detail your exact needs and then execute on a plan that will remain on time and on budget throughout the process.
Have any questions about your future build or about our team of professional, experienced builders? Feel free to call us on 0405 270 225 – or fill out the form here – and we’ll be happy to help.