8 Essential Questions to Ask your Builder
Embarking on a homebuilding journey can be overwhelming at times and for some, an unfamiliar territory. Research is key in a successful and smooth homebuilding process, and there are several key factors to take into consideration when you choose a builder. We have collated the most important questions for you to ask your builder when you embark on the journey of building your dream home.
1. Are you a licensed builder?
This should be the first and most important question to ask your builder. Building a home is a costly and timely project that should be done correctly first time around. Choosing a licensed and professional builder may be a bit more expensive than someone who is unlicensed, but the risk of choosing an unlicensed builder will cost you significantly more in the long run. Ensure that your builder of choice is trustworthy.
Hudson Homes is a licenced homebuilding company and we make sure that every single home that we build passes our Quality Assurance program, no matter whether it’s a budget or high-end home. We believe in being transparent with our customers throughout the entire home building process.
2. Are you financially stable?
Purchasing a new home is a sizeable investment, which means that a lot of trust is placed on your builder. The worst possible outcome during your home building process would be if the builder went into bankruptcy. Don’t let all your hard-earned money go to waste, just because your builder in financially unstable.
As a major builder in NSW and QLD, the State Government regularly reviews Hudson Homes’ balance sheet, cash flow and operating processes as to ensure that we always remain capable, competent and a financially viable builder. With our financial stability, you can rely on us and that your home will be completed hassle free.
3. How will you ensure the quality of my home?
Your newly built home should be a place of comfort and happiness, not one filled with anxiety and stress. Choose a builder that ensures that the quality of your home is top notch and sets a high standard for the homes that they build.
At Hudson Homes, our Quality Assurance program is carried through each and every home, weekly meetings are held by each divisional manager and both progress and exception reports from our online systems are produced, discussed and acted upon. From slab pouring stage to the final walkthrough of your home, your site supervisor will conduct extensive reports throughout the build, all of which you can access on your personal Customer Portal login.
4. How will I be kept informed throughout the building process?
You should expect progress updates from your builder at every stage of the home building process. Choose a company that keeps you in the loop about all the details. A builder that has your best interest at heart.
By controlling the location and volume of homes we build each year, Hudson Homes maintains a staff ratio that ensures each and every home gets the support and supervision it needs. It also means that each and every customer gets the personalised service they deserve.
5. Do you have a payment plan in place?
Building a home is a sizable investment and having an organised payment plan alleviates some of the stress that comes with such a big financial commitment. Your builder of choice should set up various strategies for you to be able to commit to purchasing a home.
Hudson Homes has established a national network of accredited finance brokers who can help you tailor a home loan solution to suit your needs and your budget. It’s a free service that is designed to take the hassle and confusion out of applying for a home loan.
6. What kind of warranty do you provide?
A good sign to look our for in a home builder is the warranty period that they are willing to offer you. If it’s a long period, you can be certain that they are sure of the quality of their construction and can guarantee you that it will hold up to your standards.
At Hudson Homes we have a dedicated Home Services team that ensures we have maintained your new home well after your family or tenants have settled in. Every Hudson Home comes with a 12 month Defect Liability Period which is looked after by our Service and Warranty Department, which means you can be assured that should any item covered by our warranty need repair or replacement, our dedicated Hudson Homes Services team will attend to it quickly and efficiently. To add extra peace of mind, we have included a 6-year structural guarantee so that in the unlikely event that something happens to your new home, we will come out and assess the damage and repair it.
7. Will I have any say in how my home will be designed?
Designing your dream home should be the fun and exciting part of it. You are able to put your personal touch on every single detail of your home and make it your own. Your builder should always cater to this and let you participate as much as you want in the designing process as you please.
Complimentary with every house built by Hudson Homes, our purpose-built Spectrum Design Studio makes the process of selecting your new home’s interior and exterior finishes an enjoyable experience. Here our expert design team can guide you through the exciting process of customising your home. With their expert touch, they will help you bring your Hudson Home to life.
8. Can you show recent examples of your work?
The final question you should ask your builder, which is just as important as the other questions, is to ask to see past homes that they’ve built. It will give you an indication of what the builder is capable of, the quality of their work, the design opportunities that you have with this builder and many other things. This can quite often be a determining factor for a lot of people when choosing a builder.
At Hudson Homes, we are incredibly proud of the homes that we have built and believe in transparency with our customers. You can easily find examples of homes that we have built in the past here.
Get in touch with us to discuss your home building needs. Our experienced new Home consultants are ready to answer any questions you may have.
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