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Building a luxury home is a huge financial and emotional investment. 

Here are some essential questions to ask before you sign the contract: 

Are you registered?

In WA, building work valued over $20,000 must be undertaken by a Registered Builder.  Make sure you choose a registered and trusted Premium Builder before you start any negotiations because only they have the knowledge, qualifications and experience to manage your build properly. 

Check for registration restrictions and reputation

If a builder has been subject to complaints or disciplinary action, the Builders Building Commission may impose conditions on the builders’ licence.  A list of Registered Builders and any restrictions can be found here.  

It only takes a few minutes to check with the Western Australian Department of Commerce to find out if your builder has been named by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection or the Building Commission.  Don’t leave it to luck, ring 1300 30 40 54 for peace of mind. 

Home Indemnity Insurance

It is compulsory for your Registered Builder to take out Home Indemnity Insurance before seeking permits or accepting payment.  Ask your builder to provide you with a copy of the insurance certificate, we include this in your contract. 

There is no substitute for experience

When selecting a Custom Builder with a track record of building high quality homes, ask a lot of questions and if possible, speak to the builder direct ( as you do at Artique always), rather than just the sales person. To find out if your Custom Home Builder has the skills to bring your vision to life, inspect their past work and speak to previous clients – it’s a must.  Arrange to visit some of the builder’s previous works in the local area, and homes under construction,  meet with previous clients, talk to them and find out as much as you can about their building experience, both positives and negatives – start your new home with confidence in your Builder. 

Communication is key

Building can be stressful, building a luxury home adds another layer of complexity. Establish a good working relationship with your builder direct, not just office administrators, etc., because you must feel comfortable and confident in discussing your requirements and any concerns with your builder direct, which is the case at Artique whereby we provide weekly updates on progress to all clients.  This is pivotal to the success of the project and your peace of mind. 

Sweat the small stuff

Find out if your builder offers more than the basic standard required by law. Find out the types of defects that are covered, the time frame to put things right and how long the guarantee runs for. Make sure you understand what you’re signing, getting professional advice could save you a costly mistake, and that the products and finishes included are above the basic standard, and will last the test of time. Also ask for a Building Program, demonstrating all facets of the building process so that you may monitor progress with the Builder, which we provide at Artique. 

What’s in – what’s out?

Watch out for hidden costly and/or unforeseen extras such as bench tops, tap ware, sinks, tiles and light fittings, etc. whereby a majority of builders include the bare basic, knowing that you will upgrade later at additional cost. Are you happy with the range you can select from?  Ask what sort of pest control is included, how builders’ rubbish will be disposed of and how the site will be left upon completion.  Obtain an estimate of costs from your builder, factor in contingency funds and always get more than one quote, At Artique we factor in high quality products and finishes from day 1 whereby we work with you to develop a specification prior to costing your new home – no hidden costs later. 

Talk to the experts

At Artique Homes our trusted team is committed to providing quality craftsmanship, a fully specified quotation including all items you want from day 1, customisation in design to suit you and your lifestyle and constant communication to ensure you are always fully aware of progress. Our goal is to build the highest quality custom homes for our clients with a dedication to service that is second to none. View some of our homes here or contact us today on 08 9240 1142.