Essential Questions to ask your Home Builder

Essential Questions to ask your Home Builder

Important factors to consider

Planning to build a home and signing a building contract is one of the biggest commitments you’ll ever make.

So, before you lock yourself in to any contract, and with any builder, you need to make sure you’re 100% satisfied with what you’ll end up getting.

Unfortunately, not all builders are equal – far from it! There are many important factors you may not have considered into your build that can make or break your home-building experience, and your bank account!

We go over the most important questions to ask your builder with Stroud Homes Ipswich General Manager Tom Sachs.

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Are you a registered builder and are you insured?

This question is essential as it will determine if your builder is qualified and ensure that if something goes wrong throughout the build, you have a back up and won’t be left in debt with no way to reclaim your money.

Before signing a contract with a builder, it is wise to do a QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission) licence check to make sure your builder is registered. Here you can also see if their licence is active and if there are any disciplinary records listed.

Stroud Homes is of course registered, we insure each and every one of our builds and are happy to provide our QBCC licence number (also available in the footer information on this page).

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When can you give me a definitive price to build my home?

This is a very important question as it can show you how upfront your builder is being. No builder will be able to offer you a ‘fixed price quote’ the first time you walk in the door.

If they are able to do this it means they are loading in a lot of additional ‘just in case’ costs which they will end up pocketing if your site is not too difficult to build on.

Your builder should be able to present you with a fixed price once you get on to signing the contract, as all preliminary testing is completed and the builder should know exactly what it will cost to build.

We will be able to provide you with a fixed price quote once we have conducted all of our preliminary testing on your block.

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Do you offer a warranty? If so, what is the time period for the warranty?

As required by the QBCC, a builder’s warranty must be 12 months for anything non-structural, and six years for anything structural.

Take a look at all our guarantees: Stroud Homes Building Guarantees

Are you involved with your clients throughout the entire process, from slab pour to completion?

At Stroud Homes each location is operated by a local team that manage your build from start to finish.

Some other builders will push you through a head office location, in Brisbane, Sydney or even Melbourne, meaning you will have no idea what is happening throughout your build.

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How will the quality of my home’s construction be managed?

Another important question to ask your sales consultant, if they can’t give you a name or give you a list of names, then you are taking a gamble with what your build’s quality will end up like.

Even an excellent building company can be let down by a poorly managed build.

What happens if I want to change or upgrade after I sign the contract?

This is typically done by way of a post contract variation.

While we try to get everything sorted prior to contract signing, we understand that sometimes something may happen and there needs to be a change to the initial plan.

At Stroud Homes Ipswich we go out of our way to get clients their dream home!

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