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What to Look for in a Custom Home Builder

What to Look for in a Custom Home Builder


If you are looking to construct the home of your dreams, first you’ll have to find a custom home builder in Melbourne to help you achieve your perfect vision.

Building a new home is usually the largest investment people will make in their lifetime, so it is crucial to get it right and of the highest quality. Determining the best custom home builder for you and your project is essential to its success. As you will be working together with your builder for approximately 6-12 months, there needs to be trust and clear honest communication.

A good custom home builder is essentially an advocate for the homeowner as well as a fundamental and collaborative component of the design team. They work alongside the homeowner and the design team to help establish a realistic budget for the project and will continue to monitor the cost throughout the entire design and construction process.

We have devised some of our proven ways to speed up this research and selection process and help to ensure you find a quality builder who’s a good match to construct your new home.

Define Your Needs

While some builders construct a wide range of homes, many builders will also specialise in a specific type of home, style and price range. For instance, not many building firms will build starter homes for first-time buyers and also million dollar homes for those more affluent custom home buyers. The building materials, trade contractors and also the building process itself can all differ greatly from the type and the price of a home. Upon determining what size, type and price range you need will enable you to find a custom home builder to tailor your every need.


Every builder was once a new builder, and every building firm once built their first house. When it comes to experience this is not something to be compromised, experience matters. Alternatively, you should not disregard a new firm, especially if their team includes experienced professional, but do look for strong experience overall and in the type of home you seek. As well as having experience you must also ensure your builder is licensed and adequately insured. Ask about the insurance of the builder or their trade contractors and make sure you are both covered during the entire building process.



A well-qualified custom home builder does not need to have the largest organisation. The right builder needs to have time, financial resources, interest, great communication skills and organisation skills and the relevant experience to construct your new home. A custom home builder’s main focus should be on building custom homes not speculative homes, so ensure the services they are offering are tailored to your needs.

Make sure your potential builders are licensed, certified companies who have a great reputation for delivering their projects within the correct laws and regulations. This is extremely vital to the success of your project and is your most crucial decision. If your builder does not have the correct certifications may mean your home is not up to code and you could have severe issues along the way. This could mean your house may not get finished or that major problems may arise after you move in.


There is an incredible amount to consider when constructing a house that the price should actually be one of the last considerations, but still extremely important. The main thing is to highlight your budget and devise a spending plan for your home so you can relay this information easily to the custom home builder. A good, reputable builder will ensure you get the most out of your money.

Past Buyers

There is no substitute for this, look at your builder’s previous work to know what you can expect. Many builders are extremely proud of their work and to be expected, will offer customer references and referrals. Ask your builder to show you past projects and get references from their previous home buyers. A few insightful questions to ask other home buyers are: would you buy another home from this builder? Would you recommend them to close family and friends? Also, would or would you not recommend this builder again?

Arrange an appointment and pay careful attention to the look, feel and quality of the home. This will allow you to look for signs of quality in workmanship, material and practices when you are visiting these homes. You should be searching for the quality of construction and attention to detail. Are the brands they use reputable for quality and are there generally signs of care and attention?



Does the builder you are interested in have expertise in the style of home you are looking for? If a builder’s entire portfolio consists of contemporary homes then they may not be the best fit for the highly traditional home you seek. While many builders have proficiency in a variety of design styles and architectural details, look for a builder whose work includes some examples of the type of home you are looking for.

Warranty and Service

One of the main advantages of a new construction is that your new home and most of the products, systems and components it features are brand new and under warranty. The ease that comes with knowing that major repairs are years away and not something to be concerned about in the immediate future. Look for a structural warranty of ten years or longer for the home itself and look into whether you can transfer this warranty to a new owner should you come to sell the property. Find a builder that provides a service under warranty and who takes the time and effort to communicate the proper maintenance and care that your home needs.


Good reputations follow good builders. Look for a builder whose homes tend to hold, maintain or increase in value. This can never be completely exact as the market is continuously changing and fluctuating but within reason ensure that your house will maintain or increase in value, after all, this is your investment.

Although there are many elements to be considered within the building process of your custom home, before you make your final decision remember the licensing, the design of your dream home and the cost are absolutely most vital.


If you are looking for a company dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams, contact Mazzei Homes today, a leading custom home builder Melbourne based!

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