How to Find a Good Professional Builder
A builder can be an independent tradesman, a general contractor, or work for a corporate entity that provides building services and related work. Their services may include designing, planning, constructing, renovating, and refurbishing a home or commercial property.
While a builder’s main job is to provide the physical structure , the work starts before the foundation is even laid. Builders - particularly developers - first research whether or not the planned construction makes sense in the market. They also survey the land, check zoning regulations, and take care of other legalities before any ground is broken.
Qualifications of a Professional Builder
Since building is a highly specialised field there are certain qualifications that a builder must get in order to be cleared to work. A Certificate III is achieved when a builder has completed a four-year apprenticeship and is qualified to work as a skilled tradesman or contractor. Some builders can obtain a qualification through school-based apprenticeships which include both on- and off-the-job training in construction.
In order to carry out any construction project valued at over $5,000, a professional builder must also be a registered member of the Building Practitioners’ Board. Approval from the Board is also necessary for obtaining a building permit.
Cost of Hiring a Builder
Construction work generally includes three types of costs: labour, materials, and plant hire. Labour fees are usually charged at an hourly rate, while the cost of plant hire will vary depending on your project’s requirements and what's available in your area. The entire project cost will vary depending on the size and complexity of your project.
To get the best possible price, the general rule is to ask for a quote from at least three builders. Request that they provide a breakdown of all costs, including the cost of plans, materials, products, building services, etc.
Selecting a Good Builder
Apart from valid licences and qualifications, industry experience is another important thing to look for when choosing a builder. An experienced builder often has a good understanding of local codes, zoning laws, and project management — an indicator of quality and efficiency. So, make sure to do your research before settling on a builder. Start your research by checking local established builders on Oneflare.
Make sure to read through customer reviews as well as the builder’s profile, so you can find out what clients are saying about a builder's workmanship.
We were referred to Hurst Constructions by a tradesperson in the building industry and then we saw his ad in the Adelaide Hills Magazine. We met Paul and knew it was going to be a good fit – his thorough approach and the discussions we had with him gave us the confidence to go ..
No hesitation in recommending this company. Highly professional, easy to work with and honest with a great turn around time. Would use them again. L. Moller
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