Tips for hiring a builder for your next project

When it comes to finding a builder for your next home renovation it should come down to more than what it is going to cost. Finding the cheapest builder does not mean that you will get the best bang for your buck! Are they experienced enough? Will you have to spend more money down the track to fix their mistakes? Are they licenced? Simply, do you trust them?

Referrals

Speak to friends and colleagues - perhaps they have renovated or built a new house in the past few years.  Ask them about their experiences during their new build or renovation and if they were happy with how their builder carried out the work.  I am sure they would have no problems in recommending their builder if they were happy with how it all turned out.  On the other hand, they might have some tips on what you need to look out for or what they would have preferred to experience with their builder.

Testimonials from past clients

Read the testimonials from the builder’s past and present clients.  This will give you an insight into the positives that you can expect from your builder.  Better yet, it can give you an indication of how many good testimonials they have received.

Experience

Talk to the builder, ask about their experience and what kind of work they have done in the past.  If you have a beautiful heritage listed terrace, do you want someone with a background in new project homes to look after your renovation? 

At the end of the day, we are all human and you need to feel comfortable with the builder that you end up choosing.  You will more than likely end up having a close relationship with your builder.  We’re onsite early in the morning, often while clients are having their breakfast or getting the kids ready for school. You’re frequently on the phone or talking onsite to ensure that everyone is on the same page and we’re there at the end of the day cleaning up after any other trades that we have organised to come in. 

Chloe Aston