DREAM HOUSE: Make sure the builder you choose prioritises a stress-free process for you.
DREAM HOUSE: Make sure the builder you choose prioritises a stress-free process for you. Kristy Leys

What to consider before you choose your builder

WHEN you're looking at building a house, one of the most important decisions you'll make is deciding which builder to use.

Every builder has their own flairs and procedures, and so you'll want to make sure their vision matches yours when building your forever home.

When looking into a builder, if they have a portfolio for you to use, or examples of buildings and blueprints you're allowed to see, look at that before you decide to go further with your building plans.

Like any job hiring staff, you can also ask them for some references, so that you know real opinions of their work ethic, quality and get a grasp of their business reputation.

Once you have narrowed down some prospective builders based on their style and previous work, it's then important to narrow down the practicalities.

This includes prices and how long the work will take for completion.

If you are paying high labour prices, you will want to make sure the job gets done efficiently, so that strung-out timelines won't break your bank.

However, in saying that, it is very common for the building process to take a longer time than expected.

This can be due to a range of reasons, including ordering and weather delays, booked out hired machinery schedules, and more.

However, this doesn't mean paying high labour prices will feel like a scam, as in this industry it can make a difference when it comes to the quality of the final product.

Overall, it's most important to choose the builder that will prioritise your wishes and make sure your consultation process is as stress-free as possible, while not letting budgets become an awkward conversation.