Be wary of builders that cut corners when laying a slab

The foundations and footings for your new home are extremely important to get right, with numerous court cases underway in regards to poor under slab works and in some cases no under slab works at all.

How do some builders get away with this? Some building companies are involved in the practice of shopping the engineering around till they hear what they want. At Diverse Builders we use known and trusted engineering firms to ensure things are done right.

Caution with concrete

The design and construction of your concrete slab is critical in ensuring the robustness of your new home for many years to come. Unfortunately some builders are in the practice of ‘estimating’ the design requirements of your slab when pricing, by categorising it as needing to be of the minimum requirement. Then after contracts are signed you find out that your concrete is going to cost you thousands more than you expected – which is not a very nice feeling.

Your builder should always have engineering and design details of your slab requirements before giving you a price to build your home. Whilst the cost of this is normally borne by you prior to signing a contract with a builder – it alleviates very expensive surprises down the track.

Fixed prices

For your new home you should always beware of contracts with a long list of ‘estimates’ and ‘TBA’s’. To avoid a blow-out in costs, ask for a fixed price.

Leave no stone unturned and ensure you have information about every cost. Keep an eye out for clauses such as ‘pending soil test’.

Builder promotions

Watch out for builder promotions offering big discounts and bonus inclusions.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Look for real value.

Display homes

Don’t be distracted by extravagant display homes. Some builders won’t even construct many of the impressive features they have on show within their displays.

Ask if they will build the home ‘as displayed’ and provide you with a fully itemised cost.

Energy efficiency

A new home should comfortably meet or exceed the six star minimum energy efficiency ratings.

Be wary of builders who charge you extra just to meet the minimum standard.