Questions To Ask Your Home Builder

Questions To Ask Your Home Builder

Publish Date: December 21 2022 by Lisa McMah, Stroud Homes Bay of Plenty

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How to choose a builder

Are you looking for a home builder but feeling overwhelmed by the many options out there?

The first step is to ask friends, family and colleagues to see if they have had any experiences with builders or building firms. They are a genuine indicator of whether a person or firm is good and trustworthy.

It’s also a good idea to go online to do background searches of builders and/or companies and look through some customer reviews.

The main points are – you need to do your homework, and you need to ensure you have the right fit with your home builder – it’s about building a solid relationship with someone you can trust and talk to.

Questions to ask the home builder

Below is an 11-point checklist Stroud Homes Bay of Plenty advises clients to ask a home builder before signing a contract:

  1. How long has the builder been in business?
  2. Are they a Registered Master Builder?
  3. Does the builder have a successful track record in building new homes or doing renovation work?
  4. Is the builder suited to the size and type of your building project?
  5. Does the builder have the available manpower and expertise to suit the job at hand?
  6. Is the builder ‘active’ in your area?
  7. Can the builder willingly supply testimonials or referees of completed projects, including some that you can contact?
  8. Who would run the job, how will you be updated on progress and how often?
  9. Will you be sent photos of the progress of your house, and who will you talk to if you’re unhappy about something?
  10. When would the job start, and finish and who advises you of any delays?
  11. How long will it take to get home plans drawn up, and how long will the building consent process take?

Before signing a contract…

It is important to have open and honest communication with the home builder so that any problems you strike along the way can be solved as quickly and easily as possible. To get the best out of the relationship there needs to be trust and respect between them.

Before you sign a contract, you should:

  • Make sure you feel comfortable with the builder.
  • Make sure the builder is asking YOU questions, to understand you and your project!
  • Get everything in writing, don’t rely on verbal agreements.
  • Make sure you have enough finance to complete the project and factor in any additional costs.
  • Make sure they will provide you with guarantees and warranties.

Come meet with the Bay of Plenty team!

Why choose Stroud Homes Bay of Plenty?

Because we care, we strive to make it as stress-free as possible, we take pride in our work and believe building with Stroud Homes is a journey.

Why not compare us to other home builders and see why people choose Stroud Homes. Contact our friendly Sales Team by calling 07 557 0020 or or send a direct message via Facebook.

Come in to our display centre at 415 Cameron Road, Tauranga 3110 and view our range of quality fixtures, fittings and inclusions options, plus the full range of house plans on offer, and talk to your local Bay of Plenty home builder Shane McMah.


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