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Over the years, the communities of Gippsland have provided the settings for some of the most impressively constructed homes in Victoria. A quick look at Master Builders’ annual Building Awards web pages offers ample proof of that.
But that success doesn’t happen by accident.
Without a doubt, the most important step in building your new home should be choosing a registered builder. It’s one of the smartest things you can do to make your own building project a success.
But before you look for a builder, develop a comprehensive budget and have clear, detailed plans. Then, ensure you are always using registered builders and tradespeople – be sure to ask for references and examples of their previous work. Solicit feedback on the quality of their workmanship. Decide on what you want to achieve from the start and ensure everything is in place to prevent unforeseen, costly amendments and confusion later on.
Before committing, get at least three quotes from registered builders and understand what your budget will buy you. And also make sure your builder can provide the warranty insurance they are required to have in place.
Aside from using a registered builder, remember that clear communication is the one of the best ways to ensure a successful build. Ask yourself if you and your registered builder are clear about what you want, and always make sure you have read and thoroughly understand the building contract before you commit to it. We recommend a standard building contract, such as the MBAV HC-6 contract for new homes, which has been drafted to comply with the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, and to be fair and reasonable to both builder and consumer.
Finding the right builder for your new home requires good research. Master Builders Association of Victoria makes that research easier with membership requirements that help ensure a high professional standard of work, background checks and the opportunity to view a wide portfolio of completed work in the awards section of our website (www.mbav.com.au) and in our publications.
Keep in mind that Master Builders has a Gippsland office at 6-16 Rocla Road in Traralgon, with friendly staff ready to help direct you to useful resources. So don’t hesitate to contact Master Builders at 9411 4555. It’s our pleasure to assist you.
Radley de Silva, CEO
Master Builders Association of Victoria