So many people are searching for the best possible home builder available to them that can deliver their home to the highest quality and in the best possible time frame. A large majority of home buyers can satisfy their requirements by searching through display homes and visually inspecting the quality of the work within the home and see if it is up to their personal standards. However, when it comes to custom home builders, it’s a lot more difficult. Most custom builders don’t have display homes to view, so what are your options then?
There are a number of ways home buyers can find their custom home builder. They can search the Yellow Pages (Do people still use the yellow pages? I don’t and haven’t for at least the last 15 years), observe what is going on around their neighbourhood and write down details of builders who may be building in their suburb, speak with friends or family about their experience or do what a lot of people try to do, search the internet for them.
The difficulty then becomes more acute – you’ve now discovered a few custom builders you’d like to qualify. However, in most cases you’ve got to walk through unfinished homes as they’re the only ones the builder can make accessible to you. On a rare occasion you may be able to go through a home that was recently completed with the owners permission. BINGO! That’s great! Because if that client wasn’t happy with their home, there’s no way they’d be doing the builder a favour and letting you walk through their home.
However, in most cases a lot of working with a custom home builder comes down to trust because it’s just so difficult to get real evidence or proof that they can do what they are saying they can do. This is where you may want to utilise the services of a Building Broker who has already done the qualifying for you. More than likely, they will keep updated via the Builders Registration Board and Building Disputes Tribunal on actions against home builders, and over years acquire the knowledge of which builders are best avoided. This will save you a lot of stress when you come to build your individually designed house because that task is big enough on its own without the added headache of a builder who can’t perform.