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Choosing a Builder

Once you've decided to embark on that exciting new building project, the next step is to find a builder to do the job.

Don't just hire the first person you call or the one with the cheapest quote. Take the time to check out a number of builders and make sure you get the right one for the job.

Ask around

Ask your friends, family or work colleagues if they can recommend a good builder. Contractors rely on their reputations for steady work, so make sure you return the favour once your project is complete.


Builder licensing and accreditation

Check that your builder is licensed in your state for the type of work you need done, and ensure they are registered with the Master Builders Association (MBA).

Ask for references

A good builder will be happy to provide you with details of their previous jobs. Go and look at the finished building, and talk to the customer if possible.

Does your builder seem professional?

A builder with a business card and a company letterhead is generally more reliable than one without. Having a landline phone as well as a mobile is another good sign.

On the flip side, a contractor who insists on being paid in cash is probably a bit dodgy.

Builder insurance

Make sure your builder has the correct insurances, like home warranty insurance, in case anything goes wrong during the project.

Builder specialties

Builders often specialise in different types of building or renovation projects, so make sure you find one suitable for your job. People might rave about a builder's bathroom renovations, but that doesn't necessarily mean he can build a garage!

Get a contract

Once you've found a builder you like, ask them to put together a building contract for you. If they refuse, or try and talk you out of it, you should look for someone else straight away.

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