I am looking for some advice on who has built a house & what builder they have gone with.
My husband & I purchased a block of bland in the Fraser Coast area nearly 12mths ago & with the sale of our first property recently, we are looking to find a builder.
What were the things you looked for in a builder? What inclusions do you reccomend looking for? Pre-designed plan or own plans drawn?
Thanks for any and all advice!
Thanks for your post and congratulations on the sale. It must be an exciting time for you and your husband as you contemplate building a new home. I'm sure there will be many members of the Workshop community keen to share their advice with you along your journey.
Let me also extend a very warm welcome to the community. Please let me know if you need a hand getting the most from the site.
@TheFoxSays I purchased my first home last year and am waiting for my build to commence (fingers crossed we start in May!)
I found when I was looking for a home that the first thing I did was to just check out as many of the builders as I could and their display homes to get a sense of the kind of homes they can put together. Keep in mind though that with any of the display homes they have will be filled to the brim with all of the top level inclusions so you have to lower expectations ever so slightly.
After a few months of looking around the perfect house and land package appeared from Porter Davis and I jumped at it.
The best part of buliding with Porter Davis has been their World of Style - which is their massive showroom down in Vic where you go in and spend the day with their designers and consultants making all of your home selections. That really helped me change my mind that I was building my own home and not some stock standard off the shelf display home.
Hope that helps!
Hi @TheFoxSays, I would ask your network for recommendations if possible as a starting point.
Once you have a few recommendations, I would ensure that you meet with them to get a sense of whether they are the right fit for you, your budget and the type of house you are looking to build. Personality fit is also really important! Some Builders are collaborators, others like things to be "their way or the highway".
I would also inspect some of their previous work and get references from previous clients.
We had to fire our builder recently and it has delayed us greatly (not to mention caused a huge amount of stress!).
The builder was a friend of my father-in-law...he was not the right fit for us as we needed someone who could support us through the entire journey from council planning, building permits to the build. You can read about our experience here.
We haven't built new before but have done a couple of major reno projects. The relationship with the first builder didn't end well, but the second was a dream.
I think the big difference was communication and flexibility. There are undoubtedly things in the project that will go wrong and/or that you aren't happy with. Or you might just change your mind about something... But if you have a great builder that is flexible, accommodating, understanding, easy to talk to and committed to delivering the best possible outcome for you the client, you will be fine. So try to find a builder that has been recommended by others for these qualities.
And whoever does your plans and documentation probably doesn't matter as much as ensuring that it is extremely comprehensive. You don't want surprises down the track and you want to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Thanks for the warm welcome @Jason!
We have been into many display homes so far, looking at hundreds of home designs. A few have been extremely accommodating, where as others have taken quite a long time to respond or not responded to our enquires at all (even after following up) - this has made us turn away from those builders.
We also made a very rookie mistake around 12mths ago, paying a deposit to a builder, being very specific on when we were looking to build + other various specifics, only to have said builder contact & harass us when we did not start within a certain time frame. Needless to say we won't be building with them as there was a lot of confusion,
miscommunication & disappointment before we had even started!
I'll be back with more questions and advice over the coming weeks. Thanks again all!
That's very exciting @TheFoxSays. I'm sure you have a lot of learnings you could share about the building process.