5 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A BUILDER FOR YOUR FIRST HOME
Building your first home is an exciting time in your life. While it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience that you’ll reap the benefits from for years to come, choosing the wrong builder can completely sour the experience.
So how do you know how to pick the right one from the start?
Good communication is key. From the initial interaction, you want to feel comfortable asking questions and getting the answers you want.
Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a handy guide of the factors you should consider when choosing a builder for your home.
Are they experienced with first home builders?
Building your home is no easy feat. If it’s your first time, you’re about to be introduced to a whole new range of terms like stamp duty, pre-approval and mortgage lenders insurance so it’s important to have someone you trust to guide you through the process. You want to choose a builder that is experienced with first home buyers, so you can trust that they’ll help you through the whole process.
A builder that is experienced with first home buyers will also understand how to help check your eligibility and gain access to finance options that are available for you, such as the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG).
We’re one of the biggest first home buying specialists in Western Australia, so we have lots of experience helping people get into their first home. We’ve been helping home buyers for over 10 years to achieve the dream of homeownership, so you can be certain we’ll be able to support you with yours.
Can they work within your budget?
So you’ve done the maths, figured out how much you have for your deposit and worked out the home loan options you can afford. The next step is to make sure you choose a builder that can work with your budgetary restrictions.
Rather than pushing you to make decisions beyond your means, a good builder will work with you to figure out how you can get the most out of it. After all, it’s a collaborative process.
Ask your builder if they have experience building homes within your budget, and ask to see examples so you can have an idea of what you’re going to get. They should be happy and willing to help you.
As Western Australia’s leading first home builder, we specialise in affordable house and land packages that start from as little as $274k. Check out our full range here. If you already have the land for your new home, you can choose a new home design that suits you starting at $149k. You can find your dream first home with our home finder tool here. With years of experience in the finance and building industry, we can even help you find the right loan that is tailor-made for your circumstances.
Does their design style match yours?
When choosing a home builder, you want to make sure their aesthetic suits your style. After all, you want your home to match your unique flair. While a good builder will adapt to your personal preferences, most builders usually have a particular style.
If you have a good idea about your home design, make sure you discuss it with your potential builder. You can also ask them if they have built any similar homes that they can show you. A great home builder will be able to give you the freedom to design a home that perfectly suits you.
Another reason to go visit some display homes! Nothing beats seeing a home in person, and it’s the best way to get a feel for what to expect realistically. See our guide on how to prepare for your display home visit for some handy tips here.
Do they have access to house and land packages in Perth?
House and land packages are designed to deliver fantastic quality and value in a single, easy-to-manage purchase. They cover the cost of the land and the cost of the home design. They’re the perfect choice for your first house as it takes the guesswork and stress out of building a new home.
If you decide to go with a house and land package for your new home, you want to ensure your builder is aligned with a developer that can sell you land in a suburb you’ll want to live in. See our range of house and land packages in Perth here to find your perfect block of land.
What are their qualifications and quality guarantees?
Ensure that your builder is properly licensed and qualified before you sign a contract. Your builder should be open to questions about their certifications and help you to understand the guarantees they offer. For example, is your builder meeting the energy efficiency standards as stated by the Building Code of Australia? Do they fulfil the plumbing and drainage standard and regulation to suit the location conditions?
At First Home Buyers Direct, we ensure our homes meet the necessary standards of relevant safety, health, amenity and sustainability. Every home we build is made to such high standards that we provide a 25 year structural guarantee.
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