Insider Tips For Selecting A Builder

Insider Tips For Selecting A Builder

QBCCIf you’re thinking about building on the Sunshine Coast, you’re lucky enough to have the best builders in Australia to choose from.

Picking a team to build your most precious asset is not something to be taken lightly, the decision needs to be given the respect and time it deserves.

These insider tips have been created not just by people in the building industry, but by families who have grown up and lived on the Sunshine Coast. It includes advice from people currently building their first or second family home and have experienced both the good and the bad of what the building industry has to offer.

 

1. Check the builder’s licence

This is done by obtaining the QBCC number associated with the builder, then searching the number on the QBCC website. When reviewing these details, make sure you look for how many builds are being completed by the company each year and if there have been any “Directions to Rectify” given by the QBCC.

The first question you should be asking is “can you provide me with the company’s builder’s licence number’, whether you’re at a display home, on the phone or meeting with a builder. If there is any hesitation to provide this to you, it should be a massive red light.

Things to look out for: Some builders have set up dummy companies with similar names to hide how many Directions to Rectify they’ve been given by the QBCC. If you come across a builder whose licence search shows up no Directions to Rectify, you can call the QBCC to make sure there aren’t multiple companies associated with the builder.

2. Is the builder proud of what they’re doing?

Once you’ve received a quote, or a couple for the purposes of comparison, and you’re about to commit to a builder, make sure you ask to meet the director first. This meeting only needs to be a quick handshake and hello, though you should ask them if they have company stickers on their car or their partner’s car.

Why, you ask?

The answer is simple – building someone’s home can, and will, have a massive effect on their lives. Every builder should be proud of what they are doing for the Sunshine Coast. Builders should want everybody to know they are responsible for a large amount of good being undertaken in their local area.

3. Speak to the trades and suppliers for the building company

This is going to achieve two things.

First; you need to ask the trades and suppliers if the building company has been paying their bills on time. If they settle their affairs on time you can rest easy knowing the company is managed well and not at risk of going broke during the construction of your home.

Second; ask the trades if they like doing work for the building company. The happier the tradies building your home are, the better quality your home is going to be.

Take the time to thoroughly complete each of these three steps as their roots run deep into every aspect of the building industry. It will help to ensure you have a stress free and happy build with your next home.

If you’d like to talk to us at Stroud Homes Sunshine Coast about any of these points, feel free to drop in to our display centre for a chat.