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Hiring a building company you can trust

15 May 2019

Hiring a building company that you can trust to deliver great results on time, and at fixed price, is critical to a positive home building experience. A reputable and reliable company will take the stress out of building so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.

Finding a new home building company that’s big enough to deliver competitive pricing yet small enough to personally manage the project can be an arduous task. This is why seeking expert advice is important to ensure your dream home becomes a reality, without any nasty surprises. “Generation Homes is a top 10 national building company, offering customers a guaranteed delivery date and fixed price,” says National Operations Manager Mark Kopke. “Customers can choose from more than 200 architecturally designed plans and have the freedom to customise their home to suit any stage of their life.”

In New Zealand, a dual trend has emerged where people with large sections are opting for a ‘bigger is better’ approach while smaller pocket developments are looking to maximise space and functionality. Galley kitchens with sculleries, outdoor dinning areas, double showers and extravagant walk-in wardrobes are taking precedent in large developments, while smaller plans are making the most of open plan living.

Generation Homes offers these top four tips for choosing the right house plan:

  • Fit – a plan should fit your needs now and in the future. Think about how many people will reside in the house as this will impact your decision about whether you need an extra bedroom, study or dual living areas.
  • Position – the plan you choose can be configured to work on a section to maximise sun and potential views, but to keep costs down it is easiest to start with a standard plan that is designed for a long, narrow section or corner site before making changes.
  • Budget – make the best use of your budget by selecting a plan which flows well and offers best use of space within the maximum building envelope.
  • Adaptability – the ability to adapt a plan using custom variations is key to ensuring a home’s longevity and enhancing street appeal.


CHECKLIST: CHOOSING A HOME BUILDER

  • A 10 year Residential Build Guarantee is a must for every good building company
  • Create a shortlist, visit current sites and check out a show home
  • What guarantees or insurances are offered, and are they prepared to fix any unsatisfactory work?
  • Group homebuilding companies are a reliable and convenient option as many provide high quality standard house plans which can be customised to suit individual needs and requirements
  • Agree to a detailed fixed price contract

For more professional advice, visit generation.co.nz