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  (618) Summary
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Jeffrey C.
Jeffrey C.WA
  Fair Incentive Verified Homebuyers Centre South West
Celebration Homes

Celebration Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,534) Summary
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Kumar
Kumar
  Verified
Hotondo Homes

Hotondo Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,134) Summary
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Benjamin G.
Benjamin G.
  Verified NSW, Nowra
Brighton Homes

Brighton Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,137) Summary
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D and S Hogan
D and S HoganQLD
  Verified
Brighton Homes - Pre construction reviewOur Project Manager Paula has been absolutely fabulous. Excellent at communication, excellent at staying accurate facts and timelines and excellent at helping us with all of our questions and queries. Paula has really helped this initial start to our build go smoothly. Show details ·  1
Homebuyers Centre Western Australia

Homebuyers Centre Western Australia 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,272) Summary
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Laura
Laura
  Verified
Great start with HomebuyersI am just starting out with Homebuyers and couldn't be happier with my New Homes Consultant. Uliana has been amazing. She has been so attentive and thorough throughout the whole process. It's been a great start to building with Homebuyers :) Show details
G.J. Gardner Homes

G.J. Gardner Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (2,079) Summary
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Steven H.
Steven H.VIC
  Verified VIC, Shepparton
SJD Homes

SJD Homes

4.8  (367) Summary
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Hasini Akmeemana
Hasini AkmeemanaVIC
  Verified
Better Built Homes

Better Built Homes

4.9  (211) Summary
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Steve E.
Steve E.NSW
  Verified
FantasticMerilee was great to deal with in getting everything sorted and plans drawn up for a house on a tricky slope, the costs were reasonable and the work completed promptly. Show details
Easystart Homes

Easystart Homes

4.8  (293) Summary
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Mikenzie
Mikenzie
  Fair Incentive Verified
Pre startWe just had our pre-start meeting with easystart homes and I cannot recommend them enough. Our client administrator, Lubaina made a stressful time in our build such a nice experience and we are very happy. Show details ·  1
Domaine Homes

Domaine Homes

4.8  (470) Summary
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Lily0622
Lily0622NSW57 posts
  Verified Domaine Homes
Domaine Homes
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Rawson Homes Thrive

Rawson Homes Thrive

4.8  (301) Summary
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SURESH
SURESHSYDNEY25 posts
  Verified
Rawson Homes Thrive
Rawson Homes Thrive   DM   
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Carlisle Homes

Carlisle Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (8,483) Summary
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K V.
K V.VIC
  Verified
McDonald Jones Homes

McDonald Jones Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (1,857) Summary
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victor r.
victor r.2 posts
  Verified NSW, Leppington
5 stars builderHouse design is beautiful, construction quality is very good, timelines is great, site manager is very professional and good in customer relations management, highly recommended for our friends and certainly will use MJH again next time Show details ·  1
New Generation Homes

New Generation Homes

4.8  (276) Summary
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Ernest
Ernest
  Verified
WOW Homes

WOW Homes

4.8  (261) Summary
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James
JamesWA
  Verified
Weeks Homes

Weeks Homes

4.8  (375) Summary
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Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann
  Verified
B1 Homes

B1 Homes

4.8  (310) Summary
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Malcolm OLone
Malcolm OLoneWA
  Verified
Wilson Homes

Wilson Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (224) Summary
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Darlene
DarleneTAS
  Verified TAS, Launceston
Dale Alcock Homes Perth

Dale Alcock Homes Perth

4.7  (957) Summary
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Ned Z.
Ned Z.WA
  Verified
Firstyle Homes

Firstyle Homes

4.7  (525) Summary
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YJH
YJHNSW
  Verified
Boutique Homes

Boutique Homes 🏆 2024

4.6  (2,404) Summary
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kiran p.
kiran p.
  Verified
Homebuyers Centre Victoria

Homebuyers Centre Victoria

4.6  (1,588) Summary
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Kay and Mary
Kay and Mary
  Fair Incentive Verified
Mojo Homes

Mojo Homes

4.7  (479) Summary
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Brooke S
Brooke S
  Verified
Webb & Brown-Neaves

Webb & Brown-Neaves

4.7  (331) Summary
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Sarah C.
Sarah C.
  Fair Incentive Verified
Ridgewater Homes

Ridgewater Homes

4.7  (281) Summary
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Sneha B.
Sneha B.
  Verified
Hall & Hart

Hall & Hart

5.0  (104) Summary
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Lcarr
LcarrNSW2 posts
  Verified
Kingsbridge Homes

Kingsbridge Homes

4.8  (225) Summary
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Poetrie S.
Poetrie S.VIC
  Fair Incentive Verified
Hunter Homes

Hunter Homes

4.8  (187) Summary
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Chad L.
Chad L.NSW3 posts
  Verified
Helpful & FriendlyFriendly service by all, with a No Pressure attitude throughout the whole process. Particular attention to not having any financial surprises upon signing. Would definitely recommend Hunter Homes to anyone. Show details ·  2
Stroud Homes

Stroud Homes

4.6  (576) Summary
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Wade M.
Wade M.QLD
  Verified QLD, Toowoomba
Beachwood Homes

Beachwood Homes

4.8  (150) Summary
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Alvin
Alvin
  Verified
Great experience, repsonsive, quickThe team been great to work with, been getting update of the site, helpful, responsive and quick action. Been having a good experience building a house with them and the final built is good Show details ·  1

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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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