Times are changing, now more than ever online communication is becoming a necessity.
We know that the process of choosing a builder can be daunting, with so many builders and literally hundreds of house plans to choose from.
For the building industry visiting a display home used to be the more popular, traditional approach however, it is possible to view floor plans and obtain build quotes without leaving your home.
Here are a few points to help make the online process a little easier:
Get a clear idea of your finances and find out from a bank or lender how much you can afford. This will determine the type of build available to you and the size.
Never choose a builder simply because they have the lowest price. Most pricing you see advertised online from builders are their base costs, not the complete build price.
What is included in this base cost varies from builder to builder. For that reason, it's difficult to compare pricing until you have a more level playing field. Make sure you have ticked off all the boxes, to ensure they are the right fit for you.
Understand the standard inclusions specifications. When you receive your first quote from any builder, the standard inclusions are usually the most basic of all.
Develop a clear understanding of what you want to be included in your new home and give the same list to each builder so you can compare "apples to apples". For example floor to ceiling tiles in all bathrooms, stone benchtops in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, WIR fit-out, ducted heating/aircon, driveway.
If it's an investment build, many builders can provide you with a turn-key package with all the popular upgrades and necessary fixtures & fittings so your new tenants can move in.
3. Choosing the right builder
Volume builders have a large range of home designs to choose from. The nature of a volume build means they build upwards of 1000 homes a year and keep costs down with purchasing materials in bulk. However, if customization is important it can be costly, and sometimes restricting as there are varying levels of customization offered by volume builders.
Check review sites like Product Review who have thousands of customer reviews online. Get a good idea of not just the builders great reviews, but how they handle mistakes. No one is perfect, mistakes can happen, but there is no excuse for poor communication.
There are many medium-sized builders who can also achieve a competitive build price while offering great customer service from a smaller team. They typically offer much more flexibility when it comes to customization for your land size, orientation, and home requirements as part of their service.
4. Obtaining quotes on email
At homeshelf, we can save you time searching by arranging quotes on email from good quality & affordable builders in your area that have plans to suit your land size and home requirements.
If you have some custom requirements or an irregular/sloping block we can recommend builders who will arrange a customized design and quote for you.
To compare your options easily online, enquire with homeshelf for free - learn more.