House building is a big investment. Carrying out building work also has health and safety consequences and can be stressful, disruptive and costly if amateurs make mistakes. So it is important to find a good builder, experienced in the work you require and offering clear, competitive rates.
You need a builder you can trust to produce a top standard of work. Take time to find the best house builder for you.
If possible, start by getting a referral from family or friends. Find out how long the builder has been trading and what skills and experience they have in the particular work you need doing.
References from previous clients are a great way to learn about the level of quality you can expect with their workmanship and products. It's also a great way to find out about the builder's overall conduct. Were they hardworking, reliable and communicate well throughout the process?
Don’t let builders blind you with the cheapest estimate. If possible, go and view some examples of their building work - remember not all homes are created equal so ensure when you're comparing quotes that you are making as direct a comparison as possible.
Check that your potential house builder is a Licenced Building Practitioner (LBP) and check to see if they're members of the New Zealand Certified Builders Association (NZCB) or the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA).These associations set requirements and rules for their members which should give you some confidence.
Check that the builder has the right insurance to protect you and your property and make sure they offer a guarantee. No homeowner wants to be caught in the midst of a failed building process so having a good building guarantee can give you financial peace of mind for your investment.