Build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture

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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, fair­trad­

This Eden Brae de­sign is a fi­nal­ist in the $250,000 to $300,000 cat­e­gory.

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