What to look for when choosing a home builder | Ben Trager Homes

What to look for when choosing a home builder


Is your home builder upfront about their pricing – online, in person, and on paper?

Some offers seem ‘too good to be true’; you may be paying for those ‘bonus’ items elsewhere in your building contract. Look for home builders who list their pricing online with details about what’s included – after all, the only way to accurately compare home builders is to compare apples with apples.

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for unrealistic site costs estimates, as this can be used to make buyers think a house is going to be cheaper than it really is – meaning that hidden costs are likely to surface soon enough.

 

Does your home builder deliver inclusions that are genuinely good value for money?

There’s a lot to consider when building a new home in Perth, and inclusions are no exception.

For example, many builders include stone benchtops – but are they throughout the home, or only to the kitchen? Are those high ceilings included in all rooms? Are the taps and appliance good quality as well as nice looking?

Your Building Consultant will have answers to all of these questions; if you’re unsure of what other questions to ask, they will also be able to advise you of what else to look out for.

 

Is your home builder flexible with floor plans, and do they have designs that are suitable for you?

If you can find a great home design that meets your budget, you’re off to a great start!

However, you’d be very lucky to find one that’s completely perfect as-is. Look for a home builder that can customize the floor plan without charging you extra design fees, or even better – a home builder that will design your house from the ground up at no extra cost.

Listen out for sound, knowledgeable advice about building codes & covenants to be considered when making changes to your floor plan.

 

Does your home builder offer the important services and/or packages that you need?

A good home builder will usually offer more than just house plans. For example, if you need to demolish an existing property to build your new home, will your builder of choice be able to assist?

Does your home builder offer quality house and land packages, with realistic site cost estimates included? Can they design a custom home for you at no extra cost, to ensure your family’s needs are met?

Our Building Consultants are experienced in these areas and ready to assist you.

 

Does your home builder have plenty of display homes to visit and a varied range of home designs?

If your home builder has a good variety of home designs available, it’s a positive sign that their designers are skilled at finding creative solutions to suit a wide range of families and lifestyles.

Likewise, a builder with a large amount and variety of display homes means you can get a feel for your new home as accurately as possible, allowing you to be confident in your decisions.