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How to Choose a Home Builder

With so many home builders servicing an ever-growing housing market, just how do you ensure you choose the right one? It can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re building your first home! To somewhat streamline the process here are some tips to help you choose your perfect builder.

Visit the Riverhills Sales Centre

The expert team at our Riverhills Sales Centre offer a wealth of knowledge and support to everyone who walks through the door. If you’re just beginning your property hunt, a visit to our Sales Centre is a great place to start. Here our team will help you realise your homeownership dreams, whether that means helping you choose the right builder, house and land package or lot that’s perfect for your needs.

Located at 150 Bindts Road, Wollert and open 7 days a week from 11am to 5pm, feel free to pop by any time armed with all your questions!

Look for a home design that suits your needs

Before you begin shopping around for a design and visiting display homes, be sure to determine what you want. For instance, outline what you need in terms of the size and type of home, as well as any important features that you desire. For instance, a large family home with a big kitchen and multiple living areas.

Many builders specialise in a specific kind of home and price point. For example, affordable, more compact homes for first homebuyers or luxury homes at a higher price point. Look for your perfect fit here to ensure you get what you want and need from your builder.

Go for experience

Forging relationships between developers and builders is imperative for the success of any estate. After all, they play an integral part in shaping the community. At Riverhills, we are proud to work with many quality home builders, each backed by years of experience. Whether you’re looking for your first home, a family home or a luxury design, you’re bound to find a house and land package that you love amongst the rolling hills of our master planned estate.

Find or ask for references

Conveniently, most builders will have client testimonials on their website. However, if that’s not the case, feel free to ask them for a couple of customer references. Ask previous customers questions like ‘would you recommend this builder to family and friends?’ or ‘would you purchase a home from them again?’ If responses are negative, investigate a little more to understand why the experience was not a good one. This will not only put your mind at ease but also ensure you’ll be working with a quality home builder.

Ask lots of questions

Remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question, so ask your builder anything that’s on your mind! Be sure to take notes as they give answers throughout the process, that way you can keep track of all the details.

Here are some potential questions that may assist you when liaising with a home builder:

  • Are there any special offers you can claim?
  • Get an idea of timeframes – how long is your build likely to take after settlement?
  • How much customisation is possible in regards to the floorplan? What are you allowed to change and what items are standard features? How much will any alterations cost?
  • Does the property come with a builder’s warranty or structural guarantee? If so, for how long and what does it cover?

If you’re interested in finding the perfect home builder to construct your family home at Riverhills, visit our Sales Centre to discuss your options.