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Why you need to do your homework before building your
home – our industry experts uncover the booby traps.
TEXT Georgina Walsh
urning your dream home into a reality
is the ultimate goal of any building
process. However, while it’s exciting,
it can also be a daunting, ‘fraught with
danger’ process. Let’s face it – your home is the
biggest one-off investment you are likely to ever
make, and disappointment is not an option. So,
how do you ensure a building process that flows as
perfectly as planned?
The first piece of advice offered by expert
builders is knowing and understanding what you
want out of a home and choosing the right builder
to suit the market you are building into.
Rob Spadaccini, of Spadaccini Homes, and
John Woodford, of Glenway Homes, agree that
communication is key to a successful result.
“We work with our customers to make their
dream home a reality,” says John. “Two-way
communication is key. We make sure that every
one of our customers’ ideas and concerns are
heard, while the building process and steps
throughout are clearly communicated to them.”
Spadaccini and Glenway cater to the top
end of the market, handling builds upwards
of $1 million. However, both Rob and John
agree that whatever size build someone is
doing, communication needs to be maintained
throughout the process, from the first meeting
through to the completed home. “Throughout the
process it’s about talking to the client,” says Rob.
“Confirming the finishes and any changes and
making sure they get what they want.”
Master Builders Western Australia housing
director Gavan Forster points out that this is
where the choice of builder can play a big part.
“Larger builders generally can source their
building materials and labour more cheaply,
but smaller builders can be more flexible during
construction.” Gavan says it’s important to be
comfortable with the builder you choose.
While companies such as Spadaccini and
Glenway provide the complete building package
– taking a patch of dirt and using a team of
designers, interior designers and landscape
designers to create a dream home – not all builders
do, so it’s important to know what the building
contract includes, what services are included and
what extra costs you are likely to be up for.
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