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There’s a lot to think about when choosing a Custom Built Home in Perth, especially when it comes to choosing the builder who will turn your ideas into reality. It can be hard to know what questions to ask, and where to begin with such an important process. To help you get started, we’ve put together our top tips to help you find a custom home builder that’s right for you. 

Consider your needs

The first thing to think about is what you need – and want – from your next home. How many bedrooms, bathrooms, living spaces or entertaining areas do you need? Are you looking to include a home office, cinema room, storage shed or space for your caravan or boat? Make a list of your basic requirements and consider any extras on your wish list. 

If you already have a block of land, you need to consider the opportunities and limitations of the property. Do you want to make the most of ocean or other views or are there height restrictions you need to work within? Make an appointment with your financial planner or broker to get a good understanding of where you stand with your finances and how much you can afford to spend on your next home. By knowing exactly what you want and where you stand, you’ll be able to find a custom home builder to match, whereby at Artique it costs no more to build a Custom Home, than a Project Home – the difference is that at Artique everything required is included from Day 1 – no tricks. 

Do your homework

Spend some time researching other recently finished homes that match the style, size and budget that you’re going for. If you can, identify the builders who worked on the project and do some online research to get a sense of the work they do. Once you’ve narrowed your search, verify their building license to ensure that your prospective home builders are qualified in producing work that meets Australian Standard and current building codes, and that the builder’s standards meet your expectations – there are many levels of Quality – Artique Build to the very highest levels of Quality. 

Experience counts

Make sure your prospective home builder is experienced in Custom Homes and reputable in the industry. Look for builders who have been established for many years in your area that use traditional and compliant building methods, proven high-performance materials and employ trusted suppliers and trades. Find a Builder that builds correctly and to standards that will withstand the test of time – a Builder you can comprehensively trust. 

Building maintenance periods

With any new home, there are often minor imperfections and issues that become evident in the months after moving in. Builders are required to resolve any issues for a set maintenance period after handover. Check that your prospective builder will maintain the building for at least six months or even longer. In WA there is a six year warranty period required by the Building Commission, but be wary of those Builders offering longer periods, as many really do not Honor fully these warranties – it is really only a sales gimmick in most cases. 

Trust is a Two Way Stream

When designing or discussing your Custom Home with a Builder, the actual design is only part of the journey to satisfaction. Spend as much time specifying every single item required within the home to the minutest detail, to ensure that everything is included in the initial price provided. This then ensures that there are no hidden extra costs later for items that you had thought were included earlier, whereby quite often other builders will inadvertently include them later at inflated margins, costing you a lot more than if they had originally been included in the contract. This also applies to site costs – insist of 3 quotations for everything – not just a figure or a guess plucked out of the air, which is later found to be incorrect. This will keep you home on budget with no surprises. At Artique, honesty is our motto from day 1. 

View their past work

The only way you can be sure that a Custom Home Builder is capable of bringing your dream home to life and to the level of Quality & finish you want, is by seeing their past work, or chatting to previous clients. Ask your builder if you can visit their other custom built homes in Perth and/or chat with people that they have built for previously. Check your builder’s references for feedback from past clients that indicates a positive experience and satisfaction with the final product. 

At Artique Homes our trusted team work with you to bring your dream home to life with the highest quality craftsmanship, customisation and communication. Our passion lies in building award winning custom homes for our clients with a dedication to service since 1987. View some of our homes here or contact us today on 08 9240 1142.