Building a better future
Keep these tips in mind to ensure your next building project is a success:
Always ask the builder for their licence number. Anyone doing residential work costing more than $5000 needs an appropriate licence. You can check it by calling the Department Of Fair Trading on 133 220.
Look for someone you can communicate easily with and who understands what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re using a display builder, ask to speak to the local supervisor before you get started.
Make a list of all the things you’d like in your home, even down to the details, for precontract meetings. It will help the builder prepare a more accurate quote and avoid nasty additional costs later.
Ask the builder for testimonials from former clients and follow them up. A project that runs over time because the builder wants to get it right is not necessarily a deal breaker but budget blowouts could be cause for concern.
Check out current building projects the builder is running. Look for well-managed, clean sites. A builder with too many jobs running at once may not be able to devote enough time to your home.
Award-winning builders are not necessarily expensive but it’s an indication that they take pride in their work and that their efforts have been recognised by industry.
The NSW Department Of Fair Trading, fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
This Eden Brae design is a finalist in the $250,000 to $300,000 category.