How to Evaluate the Best Builder for Your New Home
You have seen or heard about someone getting conned out of their hard earned money by unscrupulous business people who pitch a little more than what they can offer. The rush of getting an extra buck has become ruthless and there is no limit to what people will do to get that cash. It is no easy path to walk getting to the decision of building your dream home; it can get really taxing when you get the wrong people for the job. These unfit business people are not hard to come by especially if you are in a rush to get the construction over and done with. A little piece of advice, do not rush! Take time and research on the people you are going to work with, someone whom you just bumped into may not be a positive note to kick starts your journey to a dream home.
There are certain things you need to look out for when looking for a builder that should raise red flags for when you see them. From my experience in this industry I have gone through similar signs that always produced negative results. Some of the signs one should look out for:-
- Does your builder have a permanent business premises that they operate from? Though not a necessity, it is a sign you should put top on your list. This and their reputation with local banks and suppliers. If they have a reputation with local banks and suppliers then you know they have been in this business and are probably safe to work with.
- How long has the business been in operation? This is a clear sign on whether you want to work with this person or not. It is wrong to judge a book by its cover but business is business. Most of the signs one need to look out for all depends on how long one has been in office. A company that started one month ago will be hard to tell whether it’s a quick scam that is running or a legit business. It is better to be safe than sorry, stick to people who have been around.
- Find out from relevant authorities (Local Builders Association) about the said company. If there are any complaints leveled against the builder then it’s probably not a good idea to go into business with them. This will be a recipe for disaster; after all it’s only your dream home you are building. Stick with impeccable profiles.
- How many workers does the builder have and does the builder have insurance? You can actually tell a lot by the work force of your builder. The more workers they have the more trustworthy the builder. You can fool one or two people but a bunch of people, there is going to discord amongst the workers.
- If the builder provides you with a list of sub-contractors this is a good sign. This just goes to say “Here is my competitor’s number. If I don’t do good jobs call them!” A builder with unmovable faith in his work like this trusts that he will work tooth and nail to make sure what you want is what you get.
- Does your builder have a list of previous customers? If you are looking for a good referral chances are you will go to someone who was pleased with the work you did not one who was left wanting. A list previous customer’s from your builder is a positive sign and a green light to go and call them and get feedback from them. A good gesture by a reputable builder.
- If you have seen the builders work both finished and in progress gives you more trust and faith that this is the person you want for the job.
- Are you able to communicate well with your builder? This you will probably learn from previous works the builder has done on other clients. There are bound to changes one would like to make on the original blue print and someone who understands and is happy to advice on what can and cannot work depending on how far construction has come then that is someone to work with.
- Finally, does your builder provide you with a clearly written contract on what is supposed to be done? This is crucial and will help a lot in case of disputes.
Now you have some clear tell tale signs on what you should look out for when looking for a builder for your home.
This article was written by Mary Smith a construction manager. She took time out to look into unscrupulous builders who con people out of their hard earned money and help Sydney builders.
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