Strategies For Selecting The Right Home Builders in Auckland
Building a new home can be exciting. It can also be an exercise in frustration if you do not choose the right contractors or home builders in Epsom, Herne Bay, Mt Eden, Parnell, Ponsonby, Remuera, St Heliers or whichever suburb you want a house built in. Picking the right home builders is one of the most important decisions you will make during the entire design and build process. We have all heard nightmare stories about rogue or cowboy builders so here are some basic guidelines you can follow to help make this decision as easy as possible.
Define What You Need In Your House Build
Before you speak with potential home builders, it is a good idea to already have an idea of the floor plan, the size, and the price range of your new home. Some builders can build many types of homes, but others may specialise in a certain design or price range. The more clearly you can describe what you want, the easier it will be for the builder to give you a ball-park figure at the outset. Of course, once you get down to details, the house builder will give you a firm quotation but an initial estimate will help you in your selection.
Look For Experienced Home Builders
All home builders were new at one time, but when it comes to building your house, look for a builder with a good amount of experience in building the type of home you want. Do not immediately disregard a new company since many are started by veteran builders or contractors who have gone out on their own.
Check Testimonials Of The Home Builders
A qualified home builder will be happy to provide you testimonials and even pictures of their past jobs. Always take the time to call these references and ask them how they enjoyed the building experience with this contractor. Always ask why a past customer would or would not recommend the builder. The builder and the crew will be on your premises for a few months so you need to feel comfortable with the people involved, especially the foreman or owner. There will be problems during the process so make sure that the person you will be dealing with is a person you feel you can trust and rely on.
Building Industry Accreditation.
Does the builder belong to the local Home Builders’ Association or a similar industry professional group? This helps you determine the level of both their experience and their professionalism.
An easy way to whittle down your list of potential home builders to hire is to see if they are either a Licensed Building Practitioner or a member of the Master Builders Association. This means that the building company uses up-to-date training and is also quality assured. Even better is if you can find a home builder that is a member of both organisations. At Repair and Restore we have passed the rigourous assessment for both of these and are proud members of both.
Check The Insurance.
There can be a range of injuries and damage during a building project. As it is on your property, you may be liable. To avoid this, make sure that the builder has their own insurance coverage and make sure to see a copy of their insurance documents. This should include damage to neighbours too.
An additional benefit for you of us being a member of the MBA is that we have to carry insurance to cover any accident, injury, or damage that may occur during construction.
Guarantees And Service
How do the contractors compare with each other when it comes to guaranteeing their work and providing service after the project is completed? All structures should have at least a ten-year warranty and all appliances, components and systems should be new and fully guaranteed. As we are a member of the Master Builders, you can apply to them for a 10-year guarantee. This is backed by the Association so whatever happens, your new house build will be protected.
Resale Value Of Your New Home
Even if you have no plans to sell your house, it is a good idea to check on the resale value of homes by this contractor. This will give you some idea of how well they build and how popular their designs are. They will also be able to advice the types of features that add value to your home and, just as importantly, the ones that do not. This last category often has personal whims that the owners loves which are usually expensive but are often not appealing to potential buyers. A good builder will know what works and what to avoid.
Ask To Take A Tour Of Previous Homes They Have Built
Take the time to visit and walk through homes built by this contractor. Look at the quality of their product, inspecting the materials, workmanship and practices used in building the new home. Be thorough and ask difficult questions as you will be spending many thousands of dollars with these home builders.
Following these steps can help you select the home builders who will be right for your project. It is important that the person and company building your new home are a good fit for you and your requirements.
At Repair and Restore we have worked on some fantastic projects over the years. As a result we have received some wonderful testimonials like this one.
Feel free to call me and I will come to discuss your new home with you.
Mat Staples 021 285 1445