Why working with a building broker is better than going it alone

If you’re looking to build a home for the first time, there’s a lot to consider. Building a new home can be complex, and there are numerous decisions you’ll need to make even before starting the build gets underway. While many choices can be exciting, some can also be overwhelming! Getting some professional help by chatting to a building broker can ensure you’ve considered all your options, and help you to make the right choices for your home.

What is a building broker?

A building broker acts as a guide to help you navigate the process of building a home, from the initial planning stages to the completion of your new home. Using a broker can help reduce the stress of building a new home because they work for you and act as your advocate throughout the build.

An independent building broker aims to help you get value for your money when building a new home. They don’t have any affiliations with builders but are there to help you make an informed choice on what is likely to be one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make.

They can help with:

  • Selecting the right designer and builder.
  • Guidance on building contracts.
  • What to look for in a good design.
  • How to save money during the design and tender process.
  • Working out the proper construction methods to use for your dream home.

How a building broker can help you

Building brokers work independently from builders, which means they are looking out for your needs, not the builders. Unlike working with a developer, a building broker can help you mix and match the land you want with the builder you need. Let’s look at some of the key reasons why using a builder broker can help you.

1. Savings

Building brokers can save you significant amounts of money because they offer seasoned negotiation skills and can provide economies of scale. Their experience also means they can advise you on ways to save money when building a home. In addition, they’ll guide you on things to look out for that can cost you money. And provide recommendations on any non-standard items in the construction that may blow out your budget.

As well as financial savings, using a building broker can save you significant time. They understand the building market and know the builders in your local area. They can also recommend products to suit your needs and know the various processes involved in getting your project started. This might include council restrictions, additional site costs, covenants that mean you have to design your home in a specific style, and contract negotiations. 

A building broker can also help keep your project moving, ensuring your new home is completed on time. So you can move in when you need to, and not have to worry about finding somewhere else to live or paying ongoing rent.

2. Experience

Building brokers are experienced with everything you need to know about building a new home. They’ve worked with numerous clients and been through the process countless times, so they understand what could go wrong and how to avoid some common mistakes that first-time builders often make. If your project encounters any issues, they can also help you get your new build back on track.

A building broker understands the risks of building a new home and is up to date with the latest planning and zoning approvals. They’ve also dealt with numerous builders over the years, so understand how builders work and the best ways of communicating with a builder to get the results you want.

They understand what makes a good or bad design and can help you select the right builder and designer for your needs. A good broker will take the time to listen, ask questions, and really understand what you want from your new home. They’ll advise you on the building process, explain the differences between builders and designers, and be upfront about what to expect in terms of hidden costs or timelines. 

Because of their experience, they know which builders have the necessary skills to create a home that suits your style and which ones are reputable. They’ll work with you when it comes to any contract variations to understand cost implications and whether they’re reasonable or not. They’ll also know the history of each builder they recommend, including who the staff is, how they work and what you can expect when dealing with the builder. This includes understanding the builder’s specifications and the details around any promotional offers a builder may have, such as covering rent costs if the project isn’t completed on time.

Your building broker can also help you understand the different types of construction methods available to you and recommend which ones suit your needs. For example, brick veneer, steel construction, timber, or reverse brick veneer. They’ll explain the costs and pros and cons and which ones will work best for your preferred design.

Pitfalls of using the wrong building broker

Unfortunately, not all building brokers are the same, and some don’t always work on behalf of their clients, so it’s essential to choose the right broker.

The risks of choosing the wrong broker include:

  • Soaring expenses that weren’t discussed during the initial cost planning, which can blow out your budget.
  • Delays on the agreed completion timeline that affect when you can move in, which could cost you money in rent.
  • The use of poor or sub-standard construction materials affecting your home’s overall quality. 
  • Not undertaking the proper due diligence when assessing a builder’s financial situation, which could mean the builder goes bust and you don’t get your home. 
  • Inadequate research, meaning they’ve no real idea of the builder’s quality, past client reviews, or their capacity to take on your project.
  • Overpaying by 10-15% on the construction cost.

How to make your dream a reality

If you’re ready to make the dream of building your perfect home a reality, it’s time to chat with a reputable and experienced building broker. 

At Better Way 2 Build, we’ll act as your advocate throughout the building process. We are passionate about helping first-time home builders in WA. We guarantee you’ll get a better outcome working with us with our values-driven approach at no extra cost.

We work with you to listen, understand and respond to your needs and always put your interests first. We want to help match you with a builder who has the skills and expertise to create your new home.

So if you’re ready to start making your dream a reality, we’d love to hear from you. Complete our online form with all your details, and we’ll get in touch to talk through your options. Or give us a call at 0861186119 to discuss how we can help.

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.