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The prospect of having your perfect home or renovation revamp is incredibly exciting. But how do you know that the job will pan out exactly as you’ve imagined in your head? Here’s the 5 things you need to do before enlisting a contractor and signing away on the dotted line.

  1. Find out fixed prices

Estimates can translate into diddly-squat without any certainties on paper. Alarm bells should go off if you see any TBAs marked on your contract, and follow ups are a given unless you are prepared to overspend on your budget. All builders are capable of ensuring your home will meet or exceed the necessary minimum energy rating – if they charge extra, consider it a red flag. The best way to get a great deal is by shopping around, and if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is!


  1. Suss out display homes

Display homes are fantastic for strikes of inspiration to get our minds a-wandering. However, what you see is what is at the premium display range, so many of the features that catch your eye are often not what are included – and you may find this out after putting down a deposit, or worse. Compare deals and read into what you will get in the package.


  1. Only trust qualified builders

You wouldn’t go into theatre with the hands of a less than trained surgeon, so why would you trust a builder without a licence?  A licenced builder is a professional who is qualified in the industry, and can provide a warranty for their workmanship. The peace of mind means that you can rest easy knowing you’ve made a suitable choice.


  1. Get their contacts

If you find homes in the area – or other localities – that peak your interest, then investigate the company that built them. Many contractors within the industry can point you in the right direction even if they don’t have the exact answers you’re after. Speaking with neighbours and friends, too, can get word of mouth responses that may speak more truthfully than what a Google search or website click can.


  1. Analyse their communication

Is your builder accommodating, understanding and listening to your needs? During your analysis stage of scouring the choices, the communication style of each contender is important to witness. Go with your gut, and if your builder is able to comfortably meet all your needs and answer your questions with ease, returns your calls promptly, and can offer a portfolio of their previous work, then it’s a comforting sign.


Hicks Real Estate only works with the most reputable, licensed builders in the Brisbane property market for quality assurance and a lifetime of satisfaction living in your home. Whether you’re extending the nest or looking for a change, if you’re interested in getting in touch, visit our website, or call 07 3355 6845 today!

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