Building a new home or renovating is one of the most exciting things you may do in your life. It is
crucial that your choice of South Coast NSW builder adds to this excitement and makes the process
smooth and enjoyable for you and your family.
Here are five things to ask potential South Coast builders to establish if they are the right fit for
you and your project.
1) CAN WE SEE EXAMPLES OF YOUR WORK?
A good, trustworthy builder should have several prior completed projects that they can and would
be willing to take you for a walk through.
When doing a walk-through of a builder’s completed project, make sure to notice the quality of the
craftsmanship, right down to small details.
As most completed projects will be the homes of the builder’s previous clients, this is also a great
way to gage whether their past clients are happy with the job this builder has completed for them.
2) DO YOU HAVE REFERENCES WE CAN CALL?
Local builders work extremely hard to establish and maintain a positive reputation for themselves in
their community. This means that local reviews and recommendations tend to hold a lot of weight.
Hearing it ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ is the best way to determine how happy people who
have worked with the builder in the past have been with their professionalism and quality of work.
Ask your potential builder for a list of references, particularly of those people whom they have done
similar projects for, be it a new build or an extensive renovation.
Also make sure to do your online research of the builder. Often those most honest reviews can be
found in public spaces such as the business’ Google Reviews or on their social media channels.
3) WILL YOU COMMUNICATE WITH US THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT?
One of the biggest hurdles that can either make or break the ease and enjoyment of your project is
constant communication between yourself and your builder.
When interviewing potential local builders, ask them via what methods and how often they will
communicate with you throughout the entire duration of your project.
A good builder should be confident in committing to giving you weekly site updates, and being
available to answer your phone calls and queries throughout the build.
You should feel safe and looked after by your trusted builder. A good builder will guide you through
the process, always keeping you in the loop and up to date.
4) DO YOU WORK WITH LOCAL SUPPLIERS AND SUBCONTRACTORS?
Local South Coast home builders employ local tradespeople and buy from local suppliers.
Not only does this help keep more money within the community, but it also holds benefits to you
such as materials being cheaper as they are being locally supplied rather than sourced state-wide.
It is also a major benefit to ensure that both your builder and their subcontractors are located close
by your project, for in that case that any problems did arise (such as heavy rain or winds during the
weekend), so that your builder can be there within minutes to ensure the safety, protection and
security of your job site.
5) DO YOU PROVIDE FIXED PRICE QUOTES?
An experienced and well-established builder – despite the recent nation-wide spike in the cost of
builder’s materials, will still be able to provide you with a fixed price quote.
A good, fixed price quote should include a detailed description of the works to be undertaken,
(noting any exclusions), and a breakdown of the costs involved.
Here at Cullen Residential Building, we take pride in our detailed, fixed price quotations.
Call Brady on 0401 341 230 to arrange your initial project consultation.