5 Tips For Finding A Home Builder

5 Tips For Finding A Home Builder

GWith the Queensland First Home Buyer’s Grant there for new homes, many young home buyers who were planning on buying an existing house, are now considering building for the first time.

We understand this can be a bit daunting at first, so we wanted to provide a bit of a guide to getting a good, quality build, for the best possible price.


The following tips have been put together by our team based on years of experience in building new homes.

Know When to Buy

Always try to buy a home at the end of the month. Build Prices go up due to supplier or subbie constraints and sometimes, monthly, industry forces on supply and demand of raw materials and labour drive build prices up. At the minimum it’s a monthly CPI increase. Get in before the end of the month and reap the savings.

Avoid the Cowboys

Don’t be fooled by cheap pricing. There’s no such thing as a cheap home without sacrificing inclusions or quality. More importantly, some builders mask profits in hiking up site costs by a hook and bait strategy.

They say “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” Never a truer statement when building a new home.

Compare Apples with Apples

Carefully look at the builder’s level of inclusions when considering pricing quotes. If their inclusions aren’t equal to another’s quote, request they meet that standard as it can mean thousands of dollars’ difference. Don’t be fooled by empty offers and sub-standard specifications.

We’re proud to say our fully loaded inclusions are the best in the business, with over 80 inclusions at no extra cost. When you build with Stroud Homes on the Gold Coast you will automatically receive our complementary Gold Coast Pack of premium upgrades.

Research Your Builder

Talk to the land developers and previous clients. These are the people on the ground and in the know about the builder’s reputation and capabilities. Search online for reviews, testimonials and news, keeping in mind most builders will have both happy and unhappy customers in their past. Look for trends in reviews and make sure any concerns are covered in the purchase agreement documents. Choose a builder that’s real and available to you – not a faceless marketing company.

Stick to Standard

Where you can, try to stick to the builder’s standard design. Your sales manager can work with you to get the balance right on design and budget. Builder’s standard designs are fully costed, tried and tested for optimum performance. The less changes you make, the less the builder will charge. Keep it standard, keep it simple and it can keep the overall cost down.

Follow these five tips and you should be on the right track to finding your home builder.

At Stroud Homes, we’re proud of the work we do, our designs, affordable rates and high quality inclusions. You’re more than welcome to apply these tests to us on your hunt for a home builder.

If you’d like to talk about our designs or building your home, call us on 1800 787 683, drop in to our display centre or visit one of our display homes at Pimpama and Coomera.