James Mitchell

When looking to hire one of the builders in Auckland, it is paramount that you get the right fit for your needs. After all, hiring the ideal builder is one of the most important steps towards getting your dream home. So how should you go about finding a builder you can trust? Asking the following five questions during the interview can help you get there:

Can you provide a few references?

The best way to know about a builder is by talking to homeowners that recently purchased houses from them. Recent clients have fresh memories of whether the builder kept their word regarding timelines, and whether there were any frustrations along the way. These references may also let you know what to do and what to avoid with a particular builder. Beware of builders who seem unwilling to give you references.

What’s your typical timeline?

When starting your journey ton home ownership, you usually have a pretty good idea of how much time you want the process to take. However, you need to know that when building from scratch, delays are likely to happen, whether as a result of weather delays or due to delays getting materials. That said, a seasoned builder should be able to tell you how long building your house should take, from foundation to finish.

How do you deal with any complications?

Even with the best-laid plans, complications may happen, and it’s important to know how your potential builder will handle them when they do. Ask about any recent complications the builder encountered and how they dealt with them. This gives you an idea of the builder’s ability to handle issues whenever they come up.  You want a builder who helps you get the home of your dreams with the least amount of stress possible.

Do you provide warranties?

Always go for a home that comes with warranties, and find out the length of those warranties. Many times, things don’t work as expected. That’s why you need to be sure that in such cases, you are covered. The length of warranties differs from builder to builder, so don’t be afraid to shop around for the best deals. The best warranties cover major systems in your house for at least two years and cosmetic issues for at least a year.

Can one cancel?


Before signing the dotted line, you want to make sure that should things go south; there’s a way out for you. Sometimes, your builder might fall short, or things on your side could change, and you can no longer take the house. Many builders have a cancellation policy. Enquire about it and read it carefully so you can make up your mind whether it is something you are comfortable with. Keep in mind that your deposit may not be refunded once you decide to cancel.

Depending on the builder you are using, the journey to owning your dream house can either be a highly satisfying or a frustrating one. It’s the reason you need to do your homework thoroughly so you find a builder you can count on every step of the way.

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