Don’t Even Think About Hiring A Builder Until You’ve Read This!
So you’ve finally got your plans sorted, you’re happy with your designs, and you’re ready to start turning your dream home in to a reality. The only thing left to do before you walk through the doors of your brand new home is choose a reputable builder.
Unfortunately, here’s where a lot of people come unstuck. Attracted by the idea of getting a ‘good deal’, far too many people fall victim to ‘cowboys’. Dodgy tradies are so common they’re almost a cliché in the industry. You may be working with one right now without even realising it!
7 Tell-tale Signs You’re Working With A Cowboy Builder
1. Your Quote Is ‘Too Good To Be True’
While smart planning can certainly help you save on construction costs, if the quote you get from your builder is far below market standards you have to wonder if it’s too good to be true (and what may be hiding in the fine print). People are too often caught out by ‘variations’ (a fancy term for: things are about to get more expensive).
When the specifications of a project change, the price will naturally change too. But many people find they have to pay extra (often thousands) for things they thought were included in the initial quote. With your home already under construction, and a deadline in place to move in, you have little choice but pay.
You can rest easy knowing your Edward Brewer Custom Homes quote is accurate down to the last dollar (with no tricky fine print). If you change your mind about something (like the type of fixtures) you can naturally expect a legitimate variation. Other than that, we will deliver your home on budget – guaranteed.
2. The Builder Isn’t Licenced Or Doesn’t Have Home Indemnity Insurance
Trying to save money by going to unlicensed tradespeople may seem like a good idea in the short term.
But the real costs can be devastating
If the builder you’re talking to is either unlicensed or doesn’t have the necessary insurance, they’re not liable for any damages to your property (or your neighbours’ properties), the quality of the workmanship, or delays to the building process, which can burn through your budget before your home is even finished.
Edward Brewer Custom Homes and all our tradespeople are fully qualified, licensed and covered by appropriate insurances.
3. The Builder Is Too Keen To Get Started
Typically, cowboy builders will do the work as quickly as possible, collect their money, and move on. They’re not interested in long term relationships with customers, or finding out what you really want.
Shoddy and incomplete work is a hallmark of cowboy builders, and they’re nearly impossible to track down once the job is over.
The owner of Edward Brewer Custom Homes has been a licensed builder since 1996 and has been trading under the Edward Brewer Custom Homes brand since 2006 with more than 150 delighted customers. You can read some of their unsolicited comments about their experience with us.
4. You’re Not Offered A Contract Or The Builder Won’t Sign One You Provide
This should set alarm bells ringing straightaway.
If a builder isn’t confident (or ethical) enough to commit to the work by signing a contract or work agreement, it’s a clear warning sign you are dealing with a cowboy.
When you choose Edward Brewer Custom Homes, you get an industry standard HIA contract most commonly used by reputable professional builders.
And before you sign, we spend time going through it with you to make sure you get the exact house you want.
5. The Builder Won’t Give You Details About Their Business
If a builder won’t disclose basic details about their business (e.g. address, landline phone number) then it’s quite clear they’re not to be trusted.
Either they don’t have a real business, or they’re simply not reliable enough to trust with your project.
All our details are clearly displayed on our Edward Brewer Custom Homes website including business address, landline phone number, and relevant qualifications, associations and insurance details.
6. They Won’t Give You References Or Show Recently Completed Projects
A builder who is not willing to show you work they have done in the past, or isn’t confident enough to let you talk to past clients, is probably hiding something.
Edward Brewer customers love showing people their homes.
And they love talking about their building experience. Read some of their comments. And see a small selection of the beautiful homes we have built here.
7. They Only Accept Cash And Want It Upfront
This is a definite sign your builder is not reputable.
A builder with a real business will have an organised process to handle finances and will never ask for questionable cash-in-the-hand payments.
The Edward Brewer building process is clear and fully laid out on your contract.
It involves a deposit, progress payments and a final payment (only on completion of each stage of the works).