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Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home Builder

Getting a home built is one of the biggest decisions and investments you will make in your lifetime, so it is not something you will want to enter into without ensuring you have all the facts. With so many home building companies to choose from, it can become a timely and stressful experience choosing the right one for your specific needs.

To make the process a little easier, here are some things you should be asking a potential builder before you make the choice to commit.

What are my options in terms of floor plans?
Looking at the various floor plans available from volume builders is a great way for those looking for inspiration regarding layout and designs, and can offer great benefits in terms of pricing, which is especially helpful for first home buyers. Some people may worry that a standard floor plan may mean sacrificing on the ideal layout for you, however this isn’t the case.

 Often a builder will advertise a standard design, but, generally, there is a selection of options that you are available to choose from to create that ideal home for you and your family. Just some of these options available may be moving rooms and extending living spaces to give you the home you desire. Be sure to check with your builder to see what options are possible for the design you choose.

Do you offer energy saving features?
As we are becoming more aware of the ramifications of our living habits on the environment, more and more families are opting for energy saving features to be included in the design. Not only will this lessen your impact on the environment, it could help you to save money each year on bills.

Is the land suitable for my home?
You’ve picked the perfect design, so it is worth taking the time to chat with the builder to ensure the land is suitable for your home. Building on land that isn’t suitable for your design, whether due to its shape, positioning, slope or surface, will cause stress and headaches further down the track that you will want to avoid. Ensure that the builder you choose surveys the land and discusses any issues with you directly.

What is included in your packages and what isn’t?
It’s important to keep in mind that display homes will usually include the best finishes, fittings and appliances; this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be included in your home. Ask your builder what is included in the standard package to ensure the things you fell in love with are going to be there.


The information contained in this article is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, Fairhaven Homes recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances and that you seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.