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What should you look for in a building company to make your dream home a reality?

17 October 2016
Choosing A Group Home Building Company

Make your dream home a reality

The decision to build a new home from the ground up is no small one. And it’s no small cost either. So you want to make sure you get it right the first time, and that starts with choosing the right builder. But with so many Group Home Builders out there, how do you know who to partner with?

To help you find a quality builder who’s a good match to construct your new home, we’ve put together a few tips that will make the research and selection process a whole lot easier.

For more detail on making the decision to build new, and what are the next steps, check out our free eBook, “Something old, something new, something borrowed or that needs glue.”

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Before you do anything else, define your needs

What size, type and price range of home do you need? While some builders construct a broad range of homes, many builders also specialise in a specific type of home, price range, or style. For instance, it’s unlikely you’ll find a firm who could both build a starter home for a first-time buyer and turn around to build a multi-million-dollar home for your neighbour. Building materials, tradesmen and even the building process itself will greatly differ by the style, type and price of a home.

If you can’t trust your builder, who can you trust?

Above all, the company or builder you choose to work with for your dream home has to be trustworthy. And the best way to determine that is on past form. If you're looking for a Group Home Builder who uses standard designs, visiting a is a must.

If you're more the high spec / custom-design type, having an architecturally designed home may be the right path for you – but when hiring an independent builder, be even more thorough. Consumer Build suggests inviting at least three different builders to tender your project.

Find out if past home buyers satisfied

Many builders offer customer references and referrals. If not, ask. Talk to their previous customers and ask for them to provide examples of their past work. Make sure there are no bad reviews or unpleasant experiences from people who have built with them in the past.

Not sure what to ask? Here are a few great questions to start with: Would you buy another home from this builder? Or recommend them to close friends or family? And don’t forget to ask for the key reasons why they would or would not recommend a builder.

The lowest price isn’t always the best price

Finding a deal is a great feeling! But be wary of going straight for the lowest quote.

When it comes to building a new home, you get what you pay for.  And low-quality workmanship will only cost you more in repairs down the track. By no means does this mean you have to go with the most expensive option. Again, this is a situation where doing your research is paramount to getting the best value for your money.

Consider your timeframes and budget

Some people feel that building new is notorious for going over budget and often include provisional costs. So how can you make it budget-friendly? If you’re on a strict budget, a good option may be to work with a company like Generation Homes who can guarantee their price and timeframes at the outset.

Tip: If you want to avoid any price inflation, look for any mention of “PC”, “provisional costs” or “prices to be confirmed” in your contract – these should be avoided. This means a builder has not set in stone the price for a certain part of a build so that it can be altered if costs balloon.

Not all home builders are created equal! There’s a lot of Group Home Builders in the market, but with Generation Homes, building new won’t be stressful. We’ve been helping Kiwis get into new homes since 1997 and offer a 14-step plan that guarantees projects are delivered on time and on budget.

Sound good? Check out our current house and land packages. Your dream house might be closer than you think.