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  (615) Summary
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ltlw1980
ltlw1980WA2 posts
  Verified Celebration Homes South West
Awesome experienceChanel has been amazing to work with. She has been there every step of the way offering support and her advice. She went above and beyond for us. The staff at the home collective were all amazing, friendly and helpful, offering their expertise at every step. We have been very happy so far. Show details ·  1
Celebration Homes

Celebration Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,520) Summary
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Marina P
Marina PWA
  Verified
Hotondo Homes

Hotondo Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,130) Summary
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Kane
KaneVIC2 posts
  Verified VIC, Shepparton
Brighton Homes

Brighton Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,130) Summary
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Dean A
Dean AGold Coast3 posts
  Verified
My Choice StudioOnly half way through the process but after colour selection can say Samantha and the my choice team and great at what they do! Such an easy and unstressed experience. Would highly recommend! Show details
Homebuyers Centre Western Australia

Homebuyers Centre Western Australia 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,261) Summary
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outfoxthefox
outfoxthefoxWA
  Verified
GreatKatie Nitsche from Homebuyers Centre Perth has been absolutely wonderful to deal with. Nothing is a problem for her. She follows up on the most inane questions productively and efficiently! She is warm and honest to deal with and I highly
Recommend the journey of building a house with Katie! Show details ·  1
G.J. Gardner Homes

G.J. Gardner Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (2,070) Summary
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ETJ
ETJ
  Verified NSW, Sydney - North
SJD Homes

SJD Homes

4.8  (366) Summary
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Casey Bennett
Casey BennettVictoria2 posts
 
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
Rawson Homes Thrive

Rawson Homes Thrive

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

Domaine Homes

4.8  (463) Summary
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JAI
JAINSW10 posts
  Verified Domaine Homes
Easystart Homes

Easystart Homes

4.8  (291) Summary
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Sonia and Renato
Sonia and RenatoWA
  Verified
Excellent experience with Easystart HomesWe cannot recommend Easystart Homes enough. Thanks to Cameron for all his hard work and knowledge. Very professional and helpful. Cameron was always there to answer any questions and is an absolute wealth of knowledge. For anyone who wants to stop renting and own your own home Cameron is the man to see!!! Show details ·  1
McDonald Jones Homes

McDonald Jones Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (1,844) Summary
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Kimberley M.
Kimberley M.
  Fair Incentive Verified NSW, Baulkham Hills
Impeccable Eye for DesignLorraine Denisenko has an impeccable eye for design, and she made our Externals Appointment a delightful experience with her guidance and support. Her warm personality made this process a lot of fun and her professionalism is second to none. We like her so much that we have requested Lorraine to do our Internal selection too. Show details ·  1
Carlisle Homes

Carlisle Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (8,424) Summary
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Ali
AliVIC
  Fair Incentive Verified
WOW Homes

WOW Homes

4.8  (261) Summary
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James
JamesWA
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New Generation Homes

New Generation Homes

4.8  (269) Summary
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Loise S.
Loise S.
  Verified
Wilson Homes

Wilson Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (220) Summary
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Donna R.
Donna R.Tasmania10 posts
  Verified TAS, Launceston
Wilson Homes
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We appreciate that this is a difficult time for you and your family. We apologise again that we are unable to meet your specific requirements including the unique challenges for your land.

B1 Homes

B1 Homes

4.8  (312) Summary
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DM J.
DM J.WA
  Verified
[Name Removed] and [Name Removed][Name Removed] and [Name Removed] made my dreams come true. Tho I believe I tested them with some curve balls, however we set goals and accomplished them. We cannot wait to get into our first home, These two made it possible ! Show details
Weeks Homes

Weeks Homes

4.8  (366) Summary
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Ben
BenSA
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Dale Alcock Homes Perth

Dale Alcock Homes Perth

4.7  (947) Summary
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Hemi
Hemi
  Verified
Boutique Homes

Boutique Homes 🏆 2024

4.6  (2,397) Summary
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Jerin
JerinVIC2 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified
Firstyle Homes

Firstyle Homes

4.7  (523) Summary
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Maria O.
Maria O.
  Verified
Homebuyers Centre Victoria

Homebuyers Centre Victoria

4.6  (1,582) Summary
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Aaron D.
Aaron D.VIC
  Verified
Mojo Homes

Mojo Homes

4.7  (480) Summary
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Brooke S
Brooke S
  Verified
Kingsbridge Homes

Kingsbridge Homes

4.8  (223) Summary
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Jeff K
Jeff K2 posts
  Verified
Ridgewater Homes

Ridgewater Homes

4.7  (281) Summary
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Sneha B.
Sneha B.
  Verified
Webb & Brown-Neaves

Webb & Brown-Neaves

4.7  (330) Summary
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Newton
Newton
  Fair Incentive Verified
Hall & Hart

Hall & Hart

5.0  (103) Summary
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Jonathan Wilkes
Jonathan WilkesNSW
 
Stroud Homes

Stroud Homes

4.6  (575) Summary
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Damon H.
Damon H.NSW
  Verified NSW, Nowra
Hunter Homes

Hunter Homes

4.8  (181) Summary
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KN
KNNSW34 posts
  Verified
Beachwood Homes

Beachwood Homes

4.8  (149) Summary
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Christian
Christian
  Fair Incentive 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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