How to be sure you’ve chosen a good builder? (And how a building broker can help)

Choosing a builder for your new home is a critical choice that can ‌impact not only the final build, but also your comfort levels throughout the process. Finding the right builder can be time-consuming and stressful, particularly if you’re new to the building industry. 

But there’s an easier way to ensure you’ve chosen a credible builder to create your dream home. A new home building broker can help navigate the process for you, choosing the builder and coordinating your build so your project runs smoothly and stress free. 

What to consider before choosing a builder

At Better Way 2 Build, we’ve developed a checklist to help you consider all the important factors for choosing a quality builder, including:

Ground report: get an overview of the builder by undertaking some online research, chat to past clients and find out the market value of past projects.

Track record: investigate a builder’s delivery record to determine past projects and customer feedback. 

Accreditation: check the builder’s membership status with key industry organisations, such as the Master Builders of Australia.

Warranties: check what warranties your builder can offer to help provide you with peace of mind for your project.

Financial stability: ask to see your builder’s balance sheet to check debt levels and make sure they can meet their expenses. There are also multiple online checks you can do to check whether a builder is insolvent.

Insurance: be sure to check the insurance cover your builder has and ask to see copies of policy documents to make sure you’re adequately covered.

Fit: choosing someone you can work with is essential for any business relationship, particularly when it’s a significant investment, like building your new home. 

In action: do some research to find out what your builder is like in action, such as how many homes they typically build, what their subcontractors think about them and consider how easy they are to deal with when organising a quote.

Contracts: while some upfront payments are normal, watch out for anything above 5% which could mean financial issues. Examine the contract conditions and ask for additions if needed, such as clauses, key dates and being notified of substitutions of materials. 

Inspections: using an independent building inspector helps identify any issues or defaults at various stages of your build so that you can address quickly them. 

What is a building broker?

A building broker helps you navigate the entire process of building a new home from start to finish. Brokers are experts in the industry, which can help relieve any stress or uncertainty. They also work as your advocate during the build process and can flag any concerns with your builder to get you the best outcome possible. 

Be sure to look for an independent building broker, such as Better Way 2 Build, who don’t have any affiliations with builders. We exist to help you make informed decisions about your new build.

How can a building broker help you?

Because independent building brokers work for you rather than a builder, they focus on ensuring the best possible outcome for your build. They can assist with: 

  1. selecting the right design for your new home
  2. referring a builder that best suits your needs
  3. helping with building contracts
  4. suggesting tips to improve your design
  5. offering hints for saving money throughout the design process
  6. recommending suitable construction materials for your build

Why Better Way 2 Build are the better choice

Not every building broker cares about getting the best results for their clients. Some are aligned with specific builders, so they only ever recommend a particular group of builders. At Better Way 2 Build, we work on your behalf. We promise to advocate for you throughout the entire build so you can be delighted with your new home. We’d love to hear from you to find out how we can help. So call us on 0861186119 or complete our online form, and we’ll be in touch. 

Christine Cappas
Christine Cappas
Mike is a truly genuine person who cares about his client. From the start he was very transparent and let me know how everything works, he is very knowledgeable and knows his stuff! I completely trust him in buying and buying my first home
Monserrat Reuter
Monserrat Reuter
I built my first home all on my own thanks to Sev and Marlise. I don’t even know where to start as words cannot describe how grateful I am that I found these two. To build my own home was only a dream that Sev and Marlise helped make into a reality. The unconditional support and dedication towards whatever I needed throughout the whole process made me feel so safe and looked after. Even though I built my dream home on my own it never felt that way, it didn’t matter the time or day, these guys went out and beyond for me with every detail and step of the process. They are people of their word that you can genuinely trust in this dog eat dog world. They are upfront and honest, it was never about the money but how you felt leaving their office. I had many friends and family tell me about the awful experiences they had building with other companies, so naturally I was a little frighten and on guard but Sev me Marlise squashed this with one meeting. But the biggest thing I can say about Sev and Marlise is that my experience was incredibly fulfilling and wholesome and I am so grateful for them and their expertise and professionalism. If I ever decide to build again I know exactly where to go! Thank you guys so much for all the love and support which has continued even after the build. Much love to you all!! 😊
Ashley De Faria
Ashley De Faria
Sev and Marlise were so incredible throughout our time with them. We’re so happy that we got to work along side an epic team. My partner and I had a vision, Sec and Marlise happily put up with our pickiness and changes (including after hour messaging), and did everything they could do bring that to life. They are so warm and welcoming too making this whole crazy big process more enjoyable. I couldn’t recommend these two enough!
Raphaela & Amelia Jay
Raphaela & Amelia Jay
Mike was wonderful from the beginning and still helpful. We were about to give up Building but Mike assured us that he will definitely make it happen. Thank you Mike
Errin Patsy
Errin Patsy
Contacted Mike by chance for a new build and was met with honest and factual help. Excellent follow up and support, Mike is reliable and will go out of his way to get the best deal.
Rhys Crawford
Rhys Crawford
Mike has been helpful and reliable in getting my first home build started and well on its way to a timely completion. I recommend his services to anybody looking to build a new home!
Natasha Hanisch
Natasha Hanisch
When searching for a home loan you need to be able to rely on someone you can trust to be able to present you with all the options available and give you the right information to make the right decisions. Mike King from Better Way 2 Build is able to do all of this and so much more, with his extensive experience and knowledge he was able to answer confidently and made us feel at ease using Better Way 2 Build. Everything was handled quickly, efficiently and his customer service is the best you could find anywhere else. "Thanks Mike for helping change our lives.”
Mk Ultra
Mk Ultra
Mike King has helped my little family get into our own home by guiding us through everything that is to know for building a house. I did not know anything about building, I was shown and given 100% support for the process of owning my own home and I am still being supported during the build. I was given an amazing package deal much cheaper then I predicted with heaps of extras, in the location I wanted. Mike King has made it easy to understand the process and I would highly recommend him.