Comparing builder’s prices is impossible unless they are all pricing for exactly the same job. It’s up to you to tell the builders exactly what you would like for your new home. Getting quotes can be a time consuming and laborious process, but it is an essential part of any new home.

Generally, the first stage of dealing with builders is to get an estimate – An estimate is not a quote – an estimate is based on a lot of assumptions that the builder should inform you about. Estimates are a guide based on the information available at the time.

An accurate quote can take anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks as it involves getting in to all the finer details – including accurate construction drawings (which will allow the builder to determine the required construction elements, including the amount of concrete for your slab based on engineer’s drawings). A quote includes the exact type of fixtures and fittings in every room; the type of kitchen and vanities with details on cupboards, drawers and handles; the types and quantities of light fittings; and the types of floor coverings.

There is a lot of effort for a builder to prepare a quote that you can be confident covers everything you are after.

Most importantly it is not just the amount of money involved that you need to know – It is what the builders are going to do for that money and, just as importantly, what they are not going to do!

Do not get carried along by slick sales tactics. You need to make a carefully considered decision so give yourself time to think it over.