Best Home Builders

When building a new house, the most important decision you’ll need to make is choosing a home builder. Whether you’re looking for a project builder, a custom builder or a modular builder, we have tips on how to choose a company that can bring your dream home to life. Continue reading...

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Dale Alcock Homes South West

Dale Alcock Homes South West

4.9  (609) Summary
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Mark F Perth
Mark F PerthWA3 posts
  Verified Homebuyers Centre South West
Celebration Homes

Celebration Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,497) Summary
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Stuart B.
Stuart B.WA
  Verified
Hotondo Homes

Hotondo Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,120) Summary
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Dragon
DragonNSW
  NSW, Wagga Wagga
Brighton Homes

Brighton Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,108) Summary
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Geeth
GeethQLD
  Verified
Successful Color SelectionOur color selection appointment with Kristy was a fantastic experience. She meticulously addressed every detail of our choices and offered thoughtful insights on the pros and cons of each option. Kristy's guidance made the appointment seamless and stress-free. We're optimistic about the next steps with Brighton Homes! Show details
Homebuyers Centre Western Australia

Homebuyers Centre Western Australia 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,242) Summary
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Josh C.
Josh C.Western Australia
  Verified
Amazing service from the team at homebuyers center! All challenges presented were no match for the team at HBCUli from homebuyers center has been brilliant from the get go, whilst on the journey to build our first house. Everything's been a dream come true for us! We are over the moon! Show details
G.J. Gardner Homes

G.J. Gardner Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (2,024) Summary
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Alisa F.
Alisa F.VIC2 posts
  Verified VIC, Yarra Ranges
Positive building experienceI had positive experience with the G j Gardner team. All the staff are lovely, I find them to be friendly and helpful. I am very happy with my house and it was finished on a timely manner They are good at what they do Show details
SJD Homes

SJD Homes

4.8  (359) Summary
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david.a.korhonen
david.a.korhonenVIC
  Verified
Excellent build, quality and efficientThe builder was fantastic with communicating the progress of our build. He would endeavour to keep us informed and provide pictures of our site at major integers when we weren't able to be on site ourselves. Our Site Supervisor and Sales Consultant made the build process easy and stress free. I would consider building with SJD again in the future. Show details
Better Built Homes

Better Built Homes

4.9  (209) Summary
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Fi2000
Fi2000NSW5 posts
  Verified
Rawson Homes Thrive

Rawson Homes Thrive

4.9  (300) Summary
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Fred Fulun H.
Fred Fulun H.NSW
  Verified
Domaine Homes

Domaine Homes

4.8  (459) Summary
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GVarelis
GVarelisNSW
  Verified Domaine Homes
Down to Earth and Above and BeyondWe haven’t built yet but our sales rep Mark at Domain was an absolute gem at getting us over the line and understood what we wanted! He continues to communicate with us and his attitude made us trust the process. I hope this positive relationship continues throughout and props to Mark Y! Show details
Easystart Homes

Easystart Homes

4.8  (278) Summary
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Daniel V.
Daniel V.
  Verified
McDonald Jones Homes

McDonald Jones Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (1,800) Summary
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Dan
Dan
  Verified NSW, Baulkham Hills
Carlisle Homes

Carlisle Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (8,239) Summary
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prabin phuyal
prabin phuyal
  Fair Incentive Verified
WOW Homes

WOW Homes

4.8  (260) Summary
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Zac
Zac
  Verified
CAN'T THANK YOU GUY'S ENOUGHThankyou for building my house. I found the finance team was great helping. Than dealing with the team at WOW was fantastic for top to bottom was so impressed with the end result. Communication and on time delivery in hard time was great Thankyou
For helping in get back in to the market .Isaac Show details
Wilson Homes

Wilson Homes 🏆 2024

4.9  (219) Summary
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Sam
Sam
  Verified TAS, Launceston
Amazing and seamless processMaddison was amazing during all of our selection appointments. She guided us with choices and put effort into ensuring we reached our dream home with our selections. We greatly appreciated her advice and expertise! Show details
New Generation Homes

New Generation Homes

4.8  (250) Summary
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Robyn
Robyn
  Verified
Weeks Homes

Weeks Homes

4.8  (346) Summary
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James
JamesSA2 posts
  Verified
B1 Homes

B1 Homes

4.8  (309) Summary
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Jordan C.
Jordan C.
  Verified
Dale Alcock Homes Perth

Dale Alcock Homes Perth

4.7  (928) Summary
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Kaitlin Gaynor
Kaitlin GaynorWA
  Verified
Pre- Construction, Simon MortSimon has been very easy to work with. We contacted multiple building companies and had little to no response. Simon was proactive with his responses and went above and beyond to design the house we wanted within our budget. Thank you for your hard work and making this an stress-free, easy experience.

Kaitlin & Tadd Show details ·  1

Boutique Homes

Boutique Homes 🏆 2024

4.6  (2,367) Summary
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Warren S.
Warren S.VIC2 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified
Kingsbridge Homes

Kingsbridge Homes

4.8  (216) Summary
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MANOHAR REDDY M.
MANOHAR REDDY M.NT
  Fair Incentive Verified
Firstyle Homes

Firstyle Homes

4.7  (513) Summary
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Lui Thi Q.
Lui Thi Q.
  Verified
Ridgewater Homes

Ridgewater Homes

4.7  (277) Summary
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Suri
Suri2 posts
 
Mojo Homes

Mojo Homes

4.7  (473) Summary
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Amio T.
Amio T.
 
Awesome teamI would highly recommend Jacob and Kayley if you are wanting your dream house to come true.
They have been so helpful and are so efficient with all of our many enquiries.
We are so lucky to have meet them both and are excited to be working together.
Our family appreciate you and see all your hard work done already.
Bring on 2024! Show details ·  1
Homebuyers Centre Victoria

Homebuyers Centre Victoria

4.6  (1,569) Summary
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Joshua stevens
Joshua stevensVictoria
  Fair Incentive Verified
New home purchasing experienceOurs sales consultant was Ashley mouser from minta, Berwick. She was friendly and enthusiastic with helping me as being a first homebuyer. She made time for us when necessary, with a thorough process with plenty of easy information to digest and follow with responses and help with the whole experience. Show details ·  1
Hall & Hart

Hall & Hart

5.0  (103) Summary
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Jonathan Wilkes
Jonathan WilkesNSW
 
Webb & Brown-Neaves

Webb & Brown-Neaves

4.7  (323) Summary
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Ivy
IvyWA2 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified
Excellent ServiceWe have just entered the construction phase, and our experience with WB has been excellent. From the initial design stage, through the selection process, to the modifications before the final contract, we have been satisfied with WB's service. Communication has been highly efficient. We are eagerly looking forward to the construction phase. Show details ·  1
Stroud Homes

Stroud Homes

4.6  (574) Summary
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Emily N.
Emily N.
  Verified NSW, Wollongong
Hunter Homes

Hunter Homes

4.8  (170) Summary
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Kerry McLennan
Kerry McLennan
 
The perfect plan for our blockAfter much searching we found a great floorplan that suited our needs and took advantage of the views on our block with Hunter Homes. Tammy then helped us to fine tune our selected plan. Following our office meeting, she promptly and comprehensively answered any emailed questions we had. We look forward to starting our build with Hunter Homes. Show details
101 Residential

101 Residential

4.7  (324) Summary
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Dish Nik
Dish NikWA
  Verified

A house.

Types of home builders

Project home builders • See all

Project builders (also called volume builders) have a set catalogue of home designs which they use to construct many homes, so they’re suited to those who don’t want to design their own home. These builders usually have display homes you can visit to let you get an idea of what the end result of your home will look and feel like, including the finishes.

Pros
Typically cheaper than custom builders.
Project homes are usually quicker to build than custom built homes.
Can see display homes that show you exactly what the end result will be.
Cons
You’re usually limited to the builder’s fixed range of floorplans, materials, fixtures and finishes.
Project homes can’t always work with or around any unique features of the land you're building on.

Custom home builders • See all

Custom builders are usually smaller companies that construct homes that have been designed specifically for their client. This means they don’t construct as many homes as project builders. While they don’t have display homes, you work with the builder to design your home, choosing the materials, fixtures, plans and finishes in person.

Pros
You have more control over the design of your home, with custom builders offering more or complete flexibility in design.
A custom builder can maximise and work with any unique aspects of your land, such as hills or slopes on your property or views that you want to take advantage of.
Cons
More costly than project builders.
A custom home will take longer to design and construct than a project home.

Prefab & modular home builders • See all

Prefabricated homes is an umbrella term that refers to homes manufactured and constructed off-site and then transported and assembled later. Modular homes and kit homes are two types of prefab homes.

  • Modular homes are prefabricated homes that have been manufactured and constructed off-site and arrive at the property completely assembled.
  • Kit homes are also manufactured and constructed off-site, but arrive at the home disassembled and must be constructed on-site.

Prefab homes differ from traditional houses, which are built on-site over a longer period of time. It’s not the most common choice, but their design allows them to be relocated, even after they’re constructed. They’re particularly sought after by those wanting tiny houses and cabins on their property.

Still stuck on what to choose?

You can read our article on whether to use a project builder or a custom builder for your new home. We go into how to compare the two types of builders, discussing differences in price, flexibility, design options, the time it takes to build, the service you’ll receive and more.

What to consider when choosing a home builder

Licence and insurance

You should check that a builder is licensed, registered and insured. If they don’t have this information publicly available, or if they’re reluctant to show you their credentials, then consider that a red flag.

At the very least, your builder should have public liability insurance and home warranty insurance (known as domestic building insurance in Victoria). You should also check whether the builder is registered with the Housing Industry of Australia or the Master Builders Association of Australia.

You should be able to look at a builder’s licence through relevant overseeing bodies. For example, the NSW Fair Trading website lets you look at the licence of a builder, contractor or tradesperson as well as details of any cancellation or suspension, warnings issued to them, and results of any prosecution against them.

Services

The services a builder offers will largely depend on whether they do project or custom builds. Some builders outsource their work, for example working with independent designers, while others will have an in-house design team.

Experience

Check how long the builder has been in business. While there are many newer building companies around, they may be staffed with experienced builders and technicians who have been in the industry a long time.

You should also see whether they have experience in the type of build you want. If they’ve successfully completed similar projects to yours, particularly in the last few years, then that’s a good sign. Many builders specialise in certain home styles, so it’s worth seeking out one that is likely to understand the design you’re seeking.

Ask for references and examples of past work to get the reassurance you need.

Reputation

A builder with a good reputation can help give you confidence that your build will be completed to a high standard, with minimal hiccups and any issues that arise dealt with quickly.

A good way to gauge the reputation of a builder is to read home builder reviews. Reviewers on ProductReview.com.au have left their feedback on a number of home builders, discussing aspects like customer service, timeliness, the structural integrity of their home, and the transparency of the company they worked with.

You’ll be doing extensive work with a builder, so good communication from the get go is key. A builder that keeps you updated on the progress of the project and can address any issues you have will save you many headaches (and potentially money) in the long run.

Location

It’s a good idea to choose a builder that’s based nearby or has completed many projects in the area you’re building in and is familiar with the location. Non-local builders will likely cost you more to account for things like longer transportation times. Of course, building in a metro area is easier than in outer suburbs or a rural area because materials and labour are closeby.

You can filter home builders by location on ProductReview.com.au, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. You can also read our article on how to make ProductReview.com.au’s home builder reviews work for you.

Time frame

If you’ve had a home built or a renovation completed, you’d know that most of the time the project takes longer than planned. That’s why it’s important to get the most accurate time frame possible from the builders you’re considering doing business with. Each delay costs you money, usually in paying rent or another mortgage elsewhere until your new home is finished.

Price and budget

Building contracts can be overwhelming. It’s a good idea to first do your research into the type of builders you want, and then get quotes from your shortlist. Review the quotes carefully, considering the scope of the job, materials, labour and other inclusions.

While it’s important to compare prices, remember that the cheapest option isn’t necessarily always the best option, particularly if that means cheaper materials are used or quality workmanship is sacrificed. Also, don’t pay a builder anything without a written contract.

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