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 the final five questions, namely:
- Who will be designing my home, and how much experience has s/he had? Is s/he licenced?
Ask whether your builder has an in-house designer or architect, or if your builder outsource the design.
Either way, it is important to get an understanding of the type of work the designer will provide. Ask to see past work or examples of work completed. Also, set a meeting with the designer or architect prior to committing.
- Do you provide landscaping, pool and fencing?
Whether you are interested in having your builder supply you with landscaping, pools and fencing or whether you would like to organise these items yourself, it may interest you to know that your builder has a good understanding of these items and is able to prepare the excavation, drainage, electrical and other necessary items during the building process for your future home exterior needs.
- Do you take energy saving seriously and how?
A well-informed builder for energy saving can make a big difference in your comfort and energy costs. Ask your builder or designer if they are well versed in good energy design and building practices.
- Will I have access to an interior designer?
Even if you have great style, an interior designer can be a huge help when it comes to the overwhelming task of selecting colours. Your luxury home builder in Melbourne AUS should have an interior designer on hand to help make selections.It pays to ask how much time you will have with the Interior Designer as many companies limit the time you have with them to just a few hours.
- Can we view your recently finished projects?
By having a look at your builder’s recent projects, you will be able to see for yourself if the builder does the type of job you want for your home.
Not only will you be able to view the quality of the materials used and the work completed, but you will also be able to see the design aspects of the project. While you are there, you can also try to talk to the homeowner to get additional information about the customer’s experience and satisfaction.