Building a new home can be a daunting experience, as there is a huge margin for error if you choose the wrong builder. The more information you can gather from your builder before signing contracts, the more likely you are to have a smooth, stress-free experience, as it should be!
In this series, we are going to take a look at 15 questions you absolutely MUST ask any prospective builder BEFORE making one of the biggest decisions of your life.
Today, we take a look at questions six through ten:
- Have you ever been declared bankrupt?
Having a clearer picture of the person behind a business – before any contracts are signed – can help to mitigate risks and protect you. Ask if s/he has ever gone bankrupt, or do a quick online check – https://cvcheck.biz/ – go to ‘Checks & Prices’, select either ‘Organisation’ or ‘Individual’, then click on ‘Credit, Financial & Business’.
- What is your process for inspection at key points of construction, at final walk-through, and to address any matters that need to be corrected or finalised?
Ask your home builder in Melbourne AUS if s/he is happy for you to visit your home while it is getting built, and at what intervals can you visit your home.
- Who will we be dealing with along the way?
Ask if you will be dealing with the same person you are currently dealing with along the way or how many other people you will be dealing with. You may want to meet all the people that you will be dealing with at some point to make sure you feel comfortable with them.
- Who will supervise my job?
Is the supervisor who is going to manage the construction of your home shared thinly over many jobs?
Has s/he the time to inspect the important stages of construction?
For example – will the pouring of the concrete slab and footings be left to chance? Or will it be left to the contractors themselves to supervise their own work? Who makes sure that the concrete steel mesh is not sitting on the ground when the concrete is poured, severely reducing the slab performance?
This is an important question to ask, because no matter how great the builder may be, the site supervisor will have the closest involvement to the everyday construction of your home.
Hence, the importance of a quality supervisor with an excellent understanding of building principles, who supervises the work effectively, and keeps in touch with you on regular intervals.
Ask your home builder in Victoria AUS who is going to supervise your home and how many jobs s/he will be supervising at any one time; and set a meeting with the supervisor to make sure that you feel comfortable with him.
- Will my house be finished by (this)… time?
Most builders will provide you with a number of days that it will take to complete your home, but will not provide you with a specific date of completion. This is because there are several clauses in most building contracts that allow builders to increase the amount of days it will take to build a home. For example, if there is inclement weather, or you as a home owner take too much time to make decisions on selections, it may add days before completion.
You can never be certain of the exact date of completion of your home.
But is your home builder in Melbourne AUS organised?
Ask your builder to provide you with a design and building schedule to demonstrate at what date each stage will commence, and how long it will take to complete.