What to Look For in a Self-Build Contractor
Finding the right builder for your self-build project could be one of the most important decisions you make in the entire home building process. Securing a builder you trust can be a long process which can involve talking to many different experts and speaking to previous clients to find out if the type of work they did meets your expectations.
With any potential employee, there are several criteria you should consider when choosing a contractor to build your dream home. Whether it’s a log cabin in the woods, a small townhouse, or a knock down rebuild fibro in Canberra, here are some tips to finding your perfect builder.
References Are Key
Always check in to the builder’s past jobs. Are the previous customers satisfied with the work that was done for them? Never be afraid to ask the builder for references from his previous jobs, especially before you sign any contract.
It’s also a great idea to check, to make sure there are no complaints against the builder you have chosen. If there are, discuss them with your builder and get their side of the story.
Style and Design
Not all builders are skilled, confident and experienced in every style of construction. When you look into a builder’s past work, check with their old clients to make sure that the work suits your style.
A builder may be specially accomplished at constructing a certain style of home but may not be particularly skilled at the style of home you are looking for.
It is important to make sure you find a contractor who is passionate about the style of home you are looking for, and who has the skills to back up the passion.
Professionalism and Personality
As a self-builder, you’ll probably be working with your contractor for a number of months, on and off. It is important that you are able to form a working relationship, and that you are both able to take and give constructive criticism without tempers flaring.
Try to make sure your builder has adequate communication skills.
Most good builders will be happy to meet and discuss your plans for your self-build. Many will be happy to delegate jobs to you if you are an unskilled laborer, and this could save you a lot of money over the whole project.