Getting quotes

When selecting a builder, it is important to consider a number of factors. Firstly, selecting a builder with whom you can have a trusting relationship and strong sense of collaboration is a critical factor. Secondly, look at your builder's track record for an indication of their service and quality. Finally, price is also an important factor.

When shopping around for a quote for your project there are a few things to remember:

  • What does the project involve? There might be some builders or tradies who specialise in theworks that you are looking to get done. Remember to also check to see if they have the relevant qualifications, such as a builder's licence.
  • Be as specific as possible with your plans and requirements. Getting quotes based on detailed drawings and specifications is best.
  • Make sure you give each builder/tradie the same plans and specifications, so that the quotes can be compared equally.
  • Don t necessarily accept the first quote you receive. It is our recommendation that you should always get at least three written quotes to compare.
  • Finally, compare the quotes, view previous work or jobs from each builder and, if possible, speak with past clients.

Most importantly, remember the cheapest quote is not always the best option. Choose a builder/tradie who is experienced in delivering your type of project and who you can trust to undertake and deliver the quality of work you want.

Choosing the right builder is a big decision that only you can make. Do your research and remember, that there are benefits for building with a Master Builders member.

Once you have three quotes and have found a builder, you should now familiarise yourself with your building contract, including your rights and obligations and how the works may change (i.e. variations) before you begin any work.