Who should you trust to build your acreage home, project home builders or dedicated acreage builders?
Acreage homes and living is becoming increasingly popular and being such a big investment, we wanted to shed light on whether you should choose project home builders or acreage home builders to undertake your build?
For you to really enjoy the build process, we understand that you will want to feel comfortable and confident in your acreage home builder. Choosing the right builder is imperative to getting the right home for you and your family and being such a long-term investment, we do advise that you take more than just the cost into consideration when making your choice as building acreage homes is a very different process to your run of the mill project build.
Choosing your builder will be one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make before you start getting stuck into the build. So, which is the right choice for you? Here’s what we recommend you consider…
The difference between project home builders and acreage builders
Acreage builders are companies that build one-of-a-kind homes, which are specifically designed for acreage living. As a result of this they are generally flexible with floorplans, adaptable to changes and you can bring your plans if they’ve previously been drawn up for you. This is due to the nature of acreage building and the fact that these homes are built for your lifestyle and to complement the beautiful landscape and surrounds.
Acreage home builders usually also take on a smaller number of projects per year and provide a much more tailored service, you as the client receive a more personalised process, clear communication, plus the materials and finishes are of exceptional and in our case, unmatched value and quality.
A volume builder, or a project home builder on the other hand, builds from a range of existing set house designs, with limited personalisation options. Volume builders typically mass build many houses per year, sometimes into the thousands, and also offer a range of set house & land packages with little customisation. The plans they build from are perfectly functional homes, however some clients already have an idea of what they like and you’re unlikely to find a plan that matches what you want exactly.
Volume builders can often be a cheaper option if you’re happy with their set designs, but any changes can come with a price, as well as any delays those changes may cause to the planning process. In general terms, the level of inclusions in their builds are also of less quality as a result of their main business model which is built around volume.
Your builders track record in building acreage homes
While we certainly know a thing or two about acreage home construction, our knowledge also comes with plenty of other benefits for our customers. As a dedicated acreage home builder and after literally 100’s of acreage home builds, we’ve come across it all. Flood and fire zones, all soil types, navigating and gaining clear access to site, advising clients on how to get power and other amenities to site.
The benefit of this track record, and those of other acreage builders, is that they can more accurately provide you with information on what’s involved and associated costs. Time and time again we have seen families that have been caught by surprise where things were not fully planned for and this is something you will avoid by consulting with expert builders who have a number of acreage homes under their belt.
If your builder prioritises other types of builds such as investment or smaller lot builds, our advice is to always get a second opinion. Building an acreage home, and a home in general, is a big investment and a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Do you get a fixed price quote?
Ever dealt with builders who won’t give firm quotes, and they’re particularly vague about ‘extra expenses’? Particularly in this current environment when price rises are at the top of every news page, you need to be careful about what you think you are going to pay and what you will pay.
Due to much of what we’ve been discussing, many project builders won’t give a firm fixed price cost for the build of your acreage home, particularly as a result of what is occurring in the industry at the time of writing this article.
Dedicated acreage home builders who understand what’s involved in building acreage homes, and accurately forecast volume without over committing like us here at Avondale Homes however can.
Your builder needs to give you certainty that 1. they can build a beautiful acreage home 2. they understand what’s involved and 3. can then give you a fixed price contract so you know exactly what you are up for.
Their commitment to providing premium customer service and reviews
A lot of builders can talk until they are blue in the face about how good they are, us included, however what it comes down to is the experience of their customers. If your builder has a rating of 4-stars or less that should raise some questions as to why.
Trust that your builder has built several acreage homes to the satisfaction of their clients is imperative and should be a big consideration when choosing a builder, let alone if it is an acreage home builder or project home builder.
If they are part of a franchise group of builders, also be sure to look at their local profiles and ratings.
Our opinion, dedicated acreage home builders build better quality and value acreage homes
If you’re looking for a builder to undertake the build of your dream acreage home our opinion is to look for a dedicated acreage home builder that understands all the intricacies of acreage living and acreage homes.
If you’d like to discuss your acreage home ideas and find out how we can make them a reality, contact us today. Find out why more people in Queensland choose Avondale Homes as the acreage and luxury home specialists.