In Australia, we already have got three different types of a house builder — the ‘high-end custom house builder’, the ‘production house builder’, and the ‘small, hands-on house builder’. If you are looking to build a house, you need to determine which of these contractors is the best for your project, and here’s how:
The High-End Custom House Builder
Generally, you will find this builder working out of an expensive office somewhere in the city, driving a BMW convertible and neglecting to fight a project that will cost less than $800, 000. Whilst this business are extremely good at what they do, the everyday family or couple cannot always afford their exorbitant prices.
A floor plan and other facets of a custom home are drafted by an architect who works extensively with the customer and the contractor to think of the final design. The customer is usually responsible for securing the land and the loan for the project (although this is not always the case), and the building process itself is always a lengthy one.
The Production House Builder
This type of builder is often found skulking around housing locations where the majority of the work is situated, with a number of set floor plans and templates that they offer to potential customers. Whilst buyers are generally pretty delighted by the work that these guys do, issues can be caused when changes are made to the layout or design of the home — production contractors aren’t that good at working outside the convention.
Some of the larger production companies will have over 50 different houses that customers can choose from, often with a few additions or subtractions, and a choice in façade Builders in London. Smaller production companies, however, could have less than 10 houses to choose from and customers will be able to make little in the form of changes.
Small Hands-On House Builder
This type of builder will either be an up-coming newbie who is working his way up to being a ‘production builder’ or a veteran contractor who has had enough of the busyness of the other jobs. This business will only build a few houses a year (never more than about 4 or 5) and are not interested in growing their business deeper.
These contractors may have some general floor plans that they supply their customers with, but they are much more accustomed to changes being built to these plans, as well as working from original plans altogether.
Generally, your finances will determine the type of house builder that you employ to build your dream home. If, however, you have the option between a production builder and a hands-on one, most people would recommend the latter because of the personalized service you get.