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Not asking for fixed-rate build contracts
A fixed-rate build contract is a type of home-building agreement that guarantees you a set price for your home. Different builders will set up their pricing in different ways. For example, the materials and labour may be kept separate or it can be all-inclusive. You may find separate costings for other services like plumbing, electrical, site preparation and more.
But the main thing is that you have a clear idea of all the costs before the building starts. There are always costs outside of your builder’s control, such as finance and government charges. Even landscaping is often not included, but you can ask your builder for an estimate of these costs so that you’re clear on what you’ll need to pay.
Not researching the building company
Before you can select a builder, it’s important to do your research. You want to make sure they have the credentials and experience necessary to complete your project on time and within budget. It’s also important that you check their reputation in the area, and this can be done quite easily through online sources and social media.
You can also ask about references from previous clients, and use your own network of trusted colleagues and friends to help make your choice easier. If people you know have had a good or bad experience with certain builders, they’ll usually be happy to let you know.
Choosing a builder with poor communication
A lot of building horror stories start with poor communication. Builders not being available, not returning calls, and not responding to emails are all examples of this. You can sometimes get a feel for this right from day one. If the builder is easy to contact and communicative, it’s a good sign (although not a guarantee) that they will remain contactable.
It’s not too much to expect that home builders want to know how a build is progressing. So, in your early conversations with your builder, try to assess whether their communication is up to your standard. There’s nothing worse than being left in the dark once a building contract is signed because it causes additional stress that you really don’t need.
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Not getting a clear build timeframe
Timing is important when selecting a builder because you want to know they can complete your home in a reasonable time. The more time you give them, the more likely they are to finish on time and within budget, but you should still have a clear timeframe. While this may seem obvious, many people underestimate how long certain elements of their custom home will take to build.
This is also why planning is so important. You need to ensure you’re happy with all designs and plans before the building starts because if you want to make changes along the way, it causes further delays and you can’t really hold a builder responsible for that. But if everything is agreed upon, you should get a timeframe from your builder so that you can organise other accommodation around it.
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Avondale Homes has been delivering high-quality, beautiful homes to customers since 2009. With over 750 homes built in that period, we’ve got the expertise and skills to turn your dream home into a reality. Our owners also have 40 years of experience in the industry and are available to customers if there are any questions along the way. We communicate properly, keep you informed, and we offer clear timeframes and quotes to ensure you know where you stand at all times.
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