We’ve covered a few topics around doing due diligence on choosing your builder. About the importance of doing lots of due diligence actually. You might not know who your builder’s going to be at the beginning of your new build journey but there’s a few horror stories out there, which brings us to the advantages of using a building franchise.
Do your due diligence before you engage them
Building companies or building groups rise and fall on their reputations. And reputations really do matter. It may seem obvious, but be sure to do your due diligence on your builder before you engage them.
These stories sometimes come about by the unscrupulous practices of a few but it really doesn’t do the industry as a whole any favours. Because in 2021, building a new home is definitely more of an option than it used to be, many more people are looking at it for the very first time.
Why you’re better off
Back in the day, there were very few build companies from which to choose. Now there are plenty, with most helping to take the stress and worry out of the experience. The advantages of using a building company like Longview Homes are many, so let’s look at why you’re better off choosing a builder with franchise backing.
A matter of pricing, quotes and contracts
Certainly, it’s wise to have your build contract checked out by your lawyer before you sign it. The building companies know this and all reputable build companies will play fair with the terms and conditions. Companies like Longview Homes are in it for the long haul and totally understand that achieving great outcomes for their clients is also about fair and transparent build contracts. Another reason why using a building franchise is an advantage.
Different builders price differently so make sure you know the quality of the specifications and what’s included in the price.
Low quotes can mask what may turn into price blowouts
PC sums beware. A large number of Provisional Cost or PC sums can indicate careless pricing and a lack of attention to detail. Cheapest is not always best and low quotes can also mask what may turn into price blowouts down the track. This actually applies to build companies also. Know that Longview Homes deals with fixed-price contracts, giving you a clear idea of your build cost from the beginning.
A reputable, experienced franchise builder will keep a close eye on the work done, contractors, materials and inspections. Meeting expectations is also very much about engaging, listening and communicating the nuances of certain designs and the benefits of using different products over others. What to look out for. Right down to the detail of things that could otherwise trip you up in terms of costs. Things like earthworks and retaining walls in site preparation can be a potential area of unexpected costs. This is especially true if you plan to build on a challenging site.
Build companies take care of logistics and consents, so you don’t have to
From contracts to consents and codes of compliance, build companies have many advantages. You might have heard of the nightmare scenario, where through no fault of their own, the prospective home owner ends up project managing their own build. Something you’d definitely want to avoid. Build companies take care of the trials and tribulations in dealing with councils, quantity surveyors (sorry quantity surveyors) and all the sub-contractors. They take care of logistics and supply chain issues, so you don’t have to. They are the expert project managers.
Building a new home will probably be the largest investment you ever make, so it’s vital you engage with a building company that has the experience and does the right thing. That’s why, after 25 years and 9,000 builds, Longview Homes encourages you to do your due diligence on your builder. Longview absolutely stands behind its fantastic, prefabricated panel technology* and guarantees your happiness with our promise to build warm, dry homes built to last.
*Metra Construction Panel System TM – be sure to check out the many advantages of using prefabricated panel technology.
Get in touch with our team or call 0800 100 945 to start your exciting new build investment journey today.
Longview Homes builds both custom and pre-designed warm, dry homes of exacting quality, built to last. We have locally owned franchises around the country. It would be our pleasure to take on your building project.