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What Should You Look for in a Custom Home Builder?

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Custom Built Home - Freedom HomesYou’ve decided to build a unique, one-off home and need to choose a custom home builder. So, where do you start?

The best place to start is to ensure all your potential candidates hold the appropriate licences and certification. Be sure to only work with licenced builders and tradesmen. This may seem obvious but it really is essential – the results of working with unlicenced builders can be disastrous. Licenced builders should be happy to provide documentation to prove their credentials. All Newcastle and Hunter Region builders who advertise their services with Build Local are subjected to an application process prior to being accepted on our site.  As part of this process Build Local checks the Contractor Licence information on the Fair Trading website along with their licence history.

Custom Built Home - Swanno's ConstructionsMeet with a number of builders. Make sure you are clear in your expectations and they clearly state what they provide. Good communication is essential to your project’s success. Most custom home builders will work with you from the planning stages right through to completion, helping to take some of the stress out of what can be a very daunting process.  Many custom home builders are family-run, local businesses with a wealth of local knowledge and good relationships with tradies and suppliers. Flexibility is one of the key benefits of working with a custom home builder. Project builders will allow some changes to their plans but with custom home builders you can make small and large changes as you wish.

Custom Home Builders - P&D Kay ConstructionsTalk to the builder’s previous customers. Most custom home builders have years of experience and are happy to provide you with testimonials from satisfied home owners to verify the quality of their work. Feel free to ask for these.

To find a custom home builder in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens or the Hunter Valley who can tackle your building project check out Build Local’s directory listings for Custom Designed Homes.

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August 29, 2014 |
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