If you’ve ever tried searching for a Perth home builder, you would have most likely been swamped with hundreds of company names, many of which you’ve never heard of before.
Having such an extensive list of builders to choose from means the job of finding the right one may be a long, arduous task. Before you throw the idea into the “too hard basket” and decide it’s just easier to buy an established property, have a quick read through these tips to finding the right builder for you.
The very first thing you need to do, even before you start searching online for home builders in Perth, is to determine:
- How much can you afford to spend on a new house? You should get pre-approval for finance before making any decisions on house designs, so you don’t over-commit.
- What location do you want to live in OR where is your land located? Many builders only build within metro areas, or they charge more to complete a build in regional areas.The location of your land also has an impact on how much money you will need to set aside for site works, for example- proximity to the coast or fire-risk zones will automatically add costs on top of your build price.
- Single or double storey? Some builders can be more competitive on price when building double storey homes, and others are more competitive for single storey homes.
If you have friends or colleagues that have recently built a home, ask them if they would recommend their Perth builder and why or why not.
You can also search online for reviews. However, there is no real way to know if the reviews are true and this is why it is always good to seek feedback from people you know.
I’d also recommend you call some of the builders and ask questions because this will demonstrate the level of customer service you are likely to receive as their client.
You can also get some insight into whether the sales consultants are happy to help or if they are just pushing you to sign a contract.
When comparing designs and prices from one Perth home builder to another, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. For example, each builder will have different standard specifications in regards to what is included in the total price.
To get an accurate comparison, you need to ensure the builders’ representative quotes on everything YOU want including in the design because what you want and what the builder automatically includes are often two very different lists.
Many people get caught out thinking that the house will include all interior painting, carpets and window furnishings whereas these items aren’t always included in the specifications and therefore cost extra.
By following these tips, you should be able to cut your list down to a handful of builders making your overall research easier and quicker.
Once you have your shortlist, you can then choose the most appropriate design to work with and approach just one or two companies for quotes instead of giving your details over to various sales consultants who will continue chasing you for your business.
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