Renovating your home is an exciting time, however it doesn’t come without its challenges!
Pulling your dream renovation into reality requires careful planning and industry expert know-how.
Here at RoomFour, we’ve used our experience to give you a formula built for selecting the best builder when it comes to renovating your home. That is why we have put together this helpful list of things to consider when choosing your builder.
Does the builder have previous experience working on similar projects to yours?
While there are a lot of experienced builders out there that may be great at what they do, they might not be the right builder for you.
The first stage in asking this question is to know what you’re looking for in your renovation.
Are you looking for a kitchen renovation or an outdoor renovation?
You want to look for a builder that has experience in the work you require. Making a list of what you’re looking for can be handy to have when questioning potential builders.
Does the builder have a portfolio showcasing previous work?
A great way to get an idea of the quality and workmanship of the builder is to look at their previous projects. We recommend asking for a portfolio showcasing previous projects.
Ensure you look for variation in the projects,
i.e. were they all new homes or a mix of modern or traditional?
If a builder has only worked on modern homes and you have an older, traditional home, they may not be the right design fit for you. By viewing their projects you will be able to establish how experienced the builder is and get a feel for the variation in projects that they have worked on. This will give you a good idea when deciding if the builder can tailor the design to suit your needs.
If you’re still not certain on your design, looking through the builder’s portfolio can help get the inspiration flowing.
If the builder has a showroom this will also give you the opportunity to view multiple samples and finishes of products at hand.
Do they have customer references?
Customer references provide you with the opportunity to chat to other people that have had work completed by the builder.
When talking to their customer references, you should ask the following questions:
- – Were they satisfied with the service and communication provided by the builder?
- – Was the builder able to stay within the quote?
- – Were there any unexpected problems? If so, were these handled professionally?
- – Would you be happy to recommend this builder to your family and friends?
- – Would you use this builder for any future home renovations you may have?
As well as speaking to previous customers, you should always ask if it is possible to speak to any current customers that may be having work completed.
Trade references are another great way to build an overall picture of your potential builder. It is imperative you ask who the main suppliers and contractors are and the length of time they have worked together.
Who will be carrying out the work on my renovation?
A renovation company like RoomFour has other staff working, i.e. designers and architects. In addition to the builder, these expert consultants may also be seeing your renovation through.
It is always a positive to rely on their expertise to get your renovation completed at a high standard.
Are they a registered builder and do they provide warranty on their work?
Are they a registered and licenced builder?
You can check this through your state authority. For home owners in Victoria you can check through the Victorian building authority. It is also important to check that your chosen builder is fully insured and that all of their work and hardware is covered under warranty.
Are they friendly and professional?
Renovating your home is a big decision. Having a good relationship with your builder can definitely assist the renovation process.
Be aware of the time they take to respond to your queries and the manner in which they handle your communications.
At the end of the day this is your dream renovation.
It is important that your requests and enquires are respected and that there is an open line of communication between yourself and the builder to carry out your renovations.
Renovating your home can be a big commitment and a huge investment. By choosing the right builder, you can ensure an easy and smooth renovation process with a highly desirable outcome.
Here at RoomFour..
We live and breathe home renovations!
With a team of in-house designers and registered master builders we are capable of handling renovations of all shapes and sizes.
All of our work is guaranteed and the products we use are certified so that our clients are protected with lifetime warranties on all hardware. To check out our diverse portfolio or chat to one of the team contact us today!