Let me start by saying, this is not a sales pitch. There are many great builders throughout NSW that have demonstrated experience across a wide range of building projects. As an architect, you know that the success of your next project will be heavily shaped by the team building out your designs.
When you have some say in the matter, it is ideal to work with an experienced builder to ensure your project is built on spec, within the timeframe, and with few variations as possible. The professionals you work within the building process will impact these outcomes dramatically.
We suggest you look for a builder who is proficient in the work you require, offers you the best working relationship, and has excellent project management skills.
What to Ask Before Choosing your Builder
You will want to do your designs justice, with the highest build quality possible, by working with a professional construction company. Here are several vital criteria to look for to ensure your builder is qualified to bring your project to successful and timely completion.
- Are they licensed to provide building work in NSW?
First and foremost, it is crucial that you work with builders who have a contractor’s licence to work in NSW. You can quickly and easily conduct an online search for individuals and companies through Fair Trade NSW. This public register will also show any prior public warnings and insurance claims for the contractor
- Are they fully insured?
In the case of complexities on the upcoming project, it will be crucial to have the correct protection in place. If the home building work is over $20,000 in value, NSW builders must take out insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund. It is important that you also ask about whether they hold builder’s all-risk insurance, public liability insurance and workers compensation.
- What qualifications and experience do they have?
When it comes to bringing your plans to reality, you will want to work with a builder with extensive experience in the style being built. Ask about their qualifications, the associations to which they belong and how many years of experience they have in the relevant area of construction. Enquiring about their suppliers and sub-contractors will also reveal how committed they are to quality, as the best builders will never cut costs on inferior products or workmanship.
- Are they a reputable organisation, and are they consistent in their work?
A builder’s past projects often speak the clearest truth about their workmanship. Look for client testimonials, ask to speak with previous clients and visit some of the builder’s completed projects to view the quality and finish close up. If the builder has paid thorough attention to the smallest details in the past, they will likely produce the same high-quality result for your upcoming project.
A professional building contractor should have no problem providing you with any of these assurances. By asking the right questions before beginning work, you can feel comfortable that you are working with the best team by your side.
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