Articles - New Homes

5 Tips for Choosing a Builder

11th May 2017

It’s easy to get caught up in the designs, the finishes, even the paint colours. But none of that matters if the builder himself, the individual or the company, are not right.

“Take your time, meet a few different people, compare and contrast. Finding the right builder to work with on your new home is so important. Do your research, explore possibilities and then trust your instincts.” -

Establish Your Needs

Take the time to work out if your requirements are better suited to a general builder or a specialist, and take your time finding the right person at the right price. The right price comes down to your budget. The right person is all about someone you feel good about. Remember, you’ll be working with them on a stressful project for many months.

Good builders can also help assemble the rest of your new home team, including plumbers, irrigation technicians and so on.

Project Scope

Weigh up your project requirements against the specialities of your chosen builder or contracting company to make sure their specialisations match the new home you are planning.

Small scale renovations don’t require a high-end luxury contracting company whilst the demands of a large scale luxury build will go beyond a self-managed contractor.

Balance is key and don’t be afraid to take your time finding it.


Don’t approach your builder until you’ve got all the project details. Anything before then is simply asking for an opinion. It’s impossible for them to quote accurately if you only give them half the brief so wait until you have drawings and a comprehensive project list.


Perhaps the most important of all - be specific with your builder. If your drawings don’t contain structural details then specify who’ll be responsible for these. It’s not reasonable to expect good understanding and accurate quotes and planning if the builder doesn’t have access to the complete picture.

It’s so important to specify what, and how much, you need your builder to include in their quote. If in doubt, speak up, because the last thing you need is a financial misunderstanding half way through construction.

Hand Over Control

Project management can be tricky to define, but it often works best if management responsibility lies with the main building contractor.

It’s their responsibility to make sure that the right trades people and suppliers are on-site and hard at work at the right times and that they have what they need to get the job done.

If you have one, your architect, or an independent project manager, can help protect your interests and keep an eye on progress and the quality of the build. But it is important that the builder is allowed to control the daily demands of the build. If this doesn’t happen, then things can get messy quickly when ultimate responsibility is not clearly defined. So choose a professional builder you trust and let them get on with what they do best.

Stay tuned because we’ll be publishing another 5 handy tips on choosing your new home builder soon.