How To Choose The Best Home Builder In Mandurah
When it comes to home building, your imagination is the limit to what you can do. But for the home of your dreams to have solid workmanship and stay on schedule (we’re talking both time and budget), you’ll want to work with only the best home builder in Mandurah. Here’s how you do it…
Home sweet home.
That is, until it no longer meets your family’s changing needs. Whether you need more room or are looking to downsize, building a home to exact specifications can be a great way to ensure you get what you want.
But figuring out where to start with a home build is usually the first, and sometimes the biggest, challenge. You may have a location, property, or design in mind. But who will you turn to for the actual home build itself? Unless you have a contractor in the family, you’ll be searching for the best home builder in Mandurah to get the job done right.
With over 360,000 builders Australia-wide, deciding who is actually the *best* is partially a matter of opinion. For example, if you’re looking for a traditional build, you may not want to work with a company that only does modern or exotic designs. But for the most part, there are clear signs you can use to guide your decision-making process. Let’s take a look at how to start on your home builder quest with some expert tips and a checklist you won’t want to miss.
Evaluating options to find the best home builder
You’ll start your search by looking for home builders who can undertake your specific kind of build.
After all, working with a clean slate can be a bit different than adding on a second storey or extension to an existing home. Some of the best home builders in Mandurah actually do both, so be sure to ask to see a portfolio of designs and completed projects.
Once you find a company you click with, you’ll want to make sure they are reputable. Check each home builder’s social media pages along with Google My Business listings to see reviews and read customer feedback (if you’re keen to read our testimonials, you can find them here).
You’ll also want to choose a home builder that has many years, even decades, of experience. Don’t leave a home build of any kind to a novice team or cowboy contractor!
The best home builders in Mandurah will also be properly licensed, insured, and registered with nothing to hide. That includes offering you a look at their floorplans, portfolio, and recently finished builds. They’ll also be forthcoming with answers to any and all questions you have for them including their preferred approach to the building process.
One last thing to keep in mind: choosing a home builder is choosing a partner, not just a service provider. Whoever you select should be able to guide you through the entire process, helping meet your design dreams, assess your budget, choose upgrades, and make recommendations. They may even need to talk you out of a bad decision (or two). The best home builder will be one that you feel comfortable communicating and collaborating with to achieve your vision.
The essential home builder interview checklist
You’ve narrowed your options down to just a few builders.
Now is the time to have a serious sit down with each and finalise your choice. This is an important moment, and you’ll probably have your own list of questions (Do you recommend quartz or granite? How much would it be to change the ceiling height? Can I make design alterations during the project?).
Jot those questions down and ask away! But be sure to bring this home builder checklist with you to cover all of your bases.
Are you able to achieve everything we asked for without exceeding the budget?
How do you ensure that projects remain on budget during construction?
What method do you use for keeping us up to date on progress?
How much notice do you need to make changes (if we have any)?
Do you manage all of the local council approvals and permits?
How do you communicate if there’s an unavoidable change of plans?
How long will a home build like this take for you to complete?
Can y ou give us the contact details for two customer references?
Can we tour a current construction site to see a work in progress?
Where else can I see examples of projects similar to mine?
How many years have you been in business in Mandurah?
What licensing, insurance, and affiliations does your business have?
What warranties do you provide for materials and workmanship?
How often do you perform quality assurance checks?
Team member checklist…
Who will oversee this project once it’s underway?
Do you hire all of your own workers or use subcontractors?
Can we review or recommend subcontractors of our own?
Can you work with the architect we have already signed?
Who do we contact if we notice a problem or have a change request?
Finishing touches checklist…
Do you incorporate energy efficiency into your designs or builds?
What options do we have for revising the floor plans you offer?
Is landscaping included in your estimates or project work?
What is your process for review and selection of décor and fixtures?
What isn’t included in your price that we need to be aware of?
Is it easy to buy a home instead of looking for a home builder?
We’re often asked whether working with a home builder is truly worthwhile.
One way to approach this is to consider your other options and determine whether those are a better fit for your needs. Building a home from the ground up or adding on to your existing home offers perks that work great for some and less so for others. Keep your specific situation, family, and finances in mind while you explore how homeowners typically benefit from working with a builder.
Let’s take moving and buying an existing home as an example. With this, you can avoid the wait that comes with new home builds. You also have fewer decisions to make along the way. Some homes on the market can be in great condition with recent renovations and upgrades that take care of the work for you.
The downside here? You move into a place that isn’t truly your own. Is that brand new kitchen worthwhile if you’re just going to want to tear it out and design your own instead? Four bedrooms sounds great until you realize it’s more space than you need but in a neighborhood you adore.
New home builds can eliminate much of the compromise that other home buyers face. You can work with the best home builder in Mandurah and either add on and/or renovate your current home to grow with your family. Or you can start from scratch and create the space of your dreams (which means no more wondering how old a carpet is or how long until all the windows need replacing).
Last thoughts on home building (from a home builder’s perspective)
Deciding to move forward on a home build of any shape or size is a task no one should rush into. And with over 28 years building homes in Mandurah, we’ve seen it all. Here are some bonus tips from our team as you explore your options.
- Dream big and then narrow it down. Don’t be afraid to share ideas with your builder and see where they can lead. Expert builders may have ideas you never thought of that can still meet your needs and your budget.
- Design and build options are more efficient. Pick a builder that will design and construct your home. The plans will be optimized for cost and materials while also more easily adjusted if you have a specific request.
- Don’t settle. There’s a reason (or range of reasons) that you’re considering a home builder. If you don’t feel comfortable with a company or think a contractor understands what you want, move on now.
Compass Homes WA: The best home builder in Mandurah and beyond
At Compass Homes, we help our customers dream big by offering all-inclusive services as the best home builders in Mandurah and surrounds.
We design, plan, and build to exceed client expectations including floor plan alterations and 100% custom homes. Our team is fully licensed, insured, and registered, and after nearly three decades of home builds, we have the network and experience to get the job done right – on budget and on schedule – every time.
If you’re considering a home build in Mandurah, give us a call on 08 9583 4102 or send us a note online to organise a FREE home building consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have (including the questions on our very own essential checklist).