The process of building a new home in Perth is a massive step for most people. One of the hardest parts of the process is finding a builder who can fulfill your needs (both budgetary and in terms of their skills). While this may seem daunting, there are a few simple tips you can use to make the process of building property in Perth a little bit easier.

1. Think about your location

Ultimately, the location of your new home in Perth will dramatically influence the choices you make when it comes to building a new home, and selecting the right builder for the job. Space restrictions, such as those found on smaller inner city blocks, require a builder with experience working in these conditions, and might well preclude the use of ‘off the shelf’ designs. Similarly, if your block is sloped, or there are access difficulties, a more experienced, specialty builder might well be required.

In addition, you may need to consider the aesthetics of the surrounding buildings and environment when choosing a design.

Finally, if you are building in a more rural location with larger block sizes, you may want to choose a much broader, open-plan design.

Check out this quick and easy quiz designed to match you with your perfect home style!

2. Do your homework

Asking around is a great place to start your research, but eventually, you’re going to have to put your nose to the grindstone and get researching. Try and narrow down your search terms using your location. In addition, you will need to decide on what features you are looking for in a builder. At a very basic level, you will want an experienced builder, ideally with a large portfolio of existing homes to showcase. If you already have an idea of the needs which you and your family have, take a look and see if the builder has constructed a home with similar characteristics in the past.

Don’t be afraid to hop on the phone and quiz the builder – getting an insight into the communication skills of your prospective builder is really important!

3. Volume or custom?

Volume builders are generally a little bit cheaper than their custom counterparts due to economies of scale, and experience. These factors can dramatically speed up the progress of construction, saving you both time and money. Ultimately, you should have a good idea of whether a volume or custom approach is merited based on the needs of your family, as well as the characteristics of your block.

Volume builders generally offer a range of fixtures and finishes, as well as the ability to modify the floorplan and other features, though not to the extent that custom builders do. In addition, there is generally less scope to take advantage of the natural features of your location. At Gemmill Homes, we design the best home to suit the clients block and location.

Ultimately, the choice will generally come down to price. Check out the showrooms and portfolios on offer – both approaches have their merits!

4. Choose a reputable new home builder

Once you’ve decided on what sort of builder you’re looking for, and narrowed down the selection to a few top picks, it’s time to choose a builder. While it might be appealing to just select the cheapest option, this is not always the best idea.

At Gemmill Homes, the tight integration of our design and construction teams, as well as our extensive experience in the market, allow us to offer quotes that encompass all of the variables at play. We pride ourselves on sticking to budgets and avoiding blowouts. In contrast, some new home builders do not have the same level of integration or experience to offer quotes that they can stick to.

Finally, newcomers to the market may not be able to offer the peace of mind or consistency of more established builders. Take this into account when making your decision.

5. Talk to your builder

From the design phase, right up to handover and after sales service, the ability to communicate quickly and effectively is one of the most important traits which a builder can have. There’s nothing more frustrating and anxiety-inducing than working with individuals who do not communicate effectively, especially when it comes to your own home!
The best way to ascertain whether or not your builder communicates well is to talk to them. We pride ourselves on our ability to develop rapport with our customers, delivering consistent and useful information to our clients from the design phase, right up to our 25 year structural guarantee – we love to talk to our clients face to face and over the phone. Additionally, you can check the status of your build through the MyHome Progress Watcher.

6. Don’t be afraid to dream big

Ultimately, your choice of builder should do everything they can to make your dream a reality. While it may be important to introduce a bit of a reality check every now and then, when it comes to building your new home, your builder should be doing everything they can to facilitate your needs.

Gemmill Homes do just that. Bringing you award winning designs, delivered on time, on budget and with the assurance of years of experience bringing our clients their ideal homes.