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How to choose the right builder

24th Jul '20 • By Shreya Kulkarni

Building your own home or renovating can be an exciting experience but there can be many common difficulties in choosing a builder. How do you make the right choice?

It is very important to choose the right builder when it concerns any kind of construction work in your home. Whether it’s an extension or renovation, you have to make sure that the builder you put your faith in will not simply consider it another job and in some unlikely instances cut corners to complete the project quickly. Here's a quick guide on how to minimise these instances.


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How to choose the right builder

Know your style

When you are remodelling your home, you have a certain style in mind which you wish to incorporate into your home. Certain building companies are proficient in one kind of style and offer you the best choices. Builders who are jack-of-all-trades will usually give a satisfactory output, but the specialists usually add a twist in their finishes because of their large amount of experience. There are certain design intricacies which are not known even to the keen observer, but which these builders etch into your home while doing their job. It is vital that you should take a tour of one of the model homes by the builder on which you are zeroing in so that you have an idea of what the builders are capable of and then present your ideas to them about your dream home. This project is going to help increase the value of your property.

Types of renovation needed

If you are simply extending your house or renovating a particular area of your house, it is really important to know certain things. There is nothing better than making a budget if you are planning to control your expenses throughout your renovation. This budget will be your guide and help you determine what materials you can and cannot afford. So, how much does it cost to renovate the house?

Bathroom Renovation

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

On average, small bathrooms with basic renovations cost as low as $5,000, large bathrooms with higher quality renovations can cost $10,000 to $20,000 and; while a premium renovation in a larger bathroom can cost $25,000 or more.

Bedroom Renovation

How much does a bedroom renovation cost?

A basic bedroom renovation might cost as little as $3,000 – if you’re replacing the old space with a fresh coat of paint on the walls, window frames, door and skirting boards. A high-end renovation with custom-designed furniture and designer brands creating endless possibilities can be anywhere over $25,000. 

Living Room Renovation

How much does living room renovation cost?

One of the more affordable room renovations, simple changes to living room paint or new furniture cost anywhere between $7,000 and $12,000 but can cost more if you're planning to change the flooring. 

Kitchen Renovation

How much does kitchen renovations cost?

Kitchen renovations will be the most difficult undertaking in terms of time spent and labour per square metre. We estimate the cost anywhere between $10,000 and $45,000.

Budget and price

It is important that the style you desire for your dream home to be according to your budget. The actual cost depends on the size and scale of your project and it can range between 5 to 25 percent of your property’s worth. Builders constructing new homes can charge as much as $160 per hour, whereas, renovation or extension work usually costs around $85 an hour. The prices above are just a guide and subject to the time the article was made, if you want an accurate and up to date price, get up to 3 quotes from local builders. We have an extensive guide on how much does a builder cost

Prioritize what's important!

Consider everything that you want renovated and select the most important tasks from there. Josh Mammoliti, Managing Director of The Blue Space suggests that in a kitchen renovation “moving existing fittings and services, such as relocating taps, appliances and wastes does cost more than simply replacing in the same spot.” It might be that in order to move your sink to a more ideal location, you’ll have to opt for cheaper cabinets material. Or it will be more difficult to change the lighting fittings in the bedroom than to simply update the design. Hence, you will have to decide where you are willing to spend how much money. 

Reputation and right licenses

Like in all fields, it is important that the builder should be experienced in their field of work. Building a home is a difficult task and there are various aspects which have to be kept in mind. The builder should have knowledge of all of these aspects and should warn you when a certain demand of yours can potentially delay a process or run the costs of the job out of budget. The ability to plan and strategize comes with years of experience. Any construction work conducted on your home should only be undertaken by a licensed builder who has preferably has adequate insurance cover. Don’t be afraid to ask to see any applicable papers!

References and client referrals

It is recommended to hire a builder based on their expertise. If you are building a granny flat, you might want to consider hiring a builder that specialises in granny flat construction. Also, if you want to refurbish or renovate your home and not build a new one, it is more practical to hire a home renovator. Experienced builders have a long list of satisfied clients. Before hiring, ask your builder about their previous projects to check for customer references to get reliable feedback. If they recommend the same builder you are looking to hire, then you might consider. Hire a builder that respects your timeline and budget requirements. Ask for assistance to help maximise your finances.

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