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  (612) Summary
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Richard.K
Richard.K
  Verified Celebration Homes South West
Mid constructionYour communication and interaction has been amazingly good and helpful. The progress is your making is exceedingly impressive and we encourage you to sustain the momentum in the subsequent work’s ahead. Show details ·  1
Celebration Homes

Celebration Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,515) Summary
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Samantha J
Samantha JWA
  Verified
Pre-Construction ReviewThe experience we have had so far with celebrations has been very pleasant. Joshua has made the process of starting to build a house so easy and stress free. He wasn't too pushy or forceful with the signing of documents, which i highly appreciate. We are very happy with our current progress and cant recommend Celebration Homes and Joshua enough. Show details
Hotondo Homes

Hotondo Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,125) Summary
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Robin H.
Robin H.
  Verified NSW, Dubbo
Great experienceI’ve had a great experience building with Hotondo Homes Dubbo,Michael just made everything so easy never had any issues I would highly recommend building with Michael at Hotondo Homes Dubbo Show details
Brighton Homes

Brighton Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,122) Summary
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karen Maxwell
karen Maxwell2 posts
  Verified
Homebuyers Centre Western Australia

Homebuyers Centre Western Australia 🏆 2024

4.8  (1,254) Summary
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Hamlet G
Hamlet GWA6 posts
  Verified
G.J. Gardner Homes

G.J. Gardner Homes 🏆 2024

4.8  (2,051) Summary
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Peter Fraser
Peter FraserQLD
  Verified QLD, Brisbane Outer North
SJD Homes

SJD Homes

4.8  (362) Summary
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Adam tester
Adam testerVIC
  Verified
Better Built Homes

Better Built Homes

4.9  (210) Summary
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Sandhya
SandhyaNSW
 
Domaine Homes

Domaine Homes

4.8  (458) Summary
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Nick B.
Nick B.
  Verified Domaine Homes
Thank you for a great pre-construction experience!!Thank you Jessica for all your help during our pre-construction experience it has been so seamless and stress free. You have been most helpful with answering all our queries and guiding us through this stage. Hope you get the recognition you deserve, can not wait for construction to commence. Show details ·  1
Rawson Homes Thrive

Rawson Homes Thrive

4.8  (301) Summary
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SURESH
SURESHSYDNEY24 posts
  Verified
Rawson Homes Thrive
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Easystart Homes

Easystart Homes

4.8  (289) Summary
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S Bartolomeu
S BartolomeuWA
  Verified
Excellent Journey with Easy StartExcellent Service and Support throughout all the stages. Our consultant, Shawn Lewis, was very professional, supportive and friendly as well. We felt very confident from the start, and built up a trust quickly, which helped us make the decision very easily. We are very pleased and thankful for the excellent assistance/service provided. Show details ·  2
McDonald Jones Homes

McDonald Jones Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (1,827) Summary
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Sherrin L.
Sherrin L.
  Verified NSW, Thornton
Carlisle Homes

Carlisle Homes 🏆 2024

4.7  (8,352) Summary
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Milena Jonas
Milena Jonas3 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified
New Generation Homes

New Generation Homes

4.8  (261) Summary
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gayle webber
gayle webber3 posts
  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  (220) Summary
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Jasmine
JasmineTAS2 posts
  Verified TAS, Hobart
Experienced site supervisor Gary BirdOur site supervisor, Gary Bird, is a responsible and careful man. He’s quite reliable and we are pleased to have him to build our new house. It’s easy to communicate with hime, highly recommended! Show details ·  1
Weeks Homes

Weeks Homes

4.8  (354) Summary
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Gina and Steve
Gina and SteveSA
  Verified
B1 Homes

B1 Homes

4.8  (311) Summary
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Daniel B.
Daniel B.
  Verified
Dale Alcock Homes Perth

Dale Alcock Homes Perth

4.7  (936) Summary
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Kieron M.
Kieron M.WA
  Verified
Boutique Homes

Boutique Homes 🏆 2024

4.6  (2,384) Summary
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C Tong
C Tong
  Verified
Boutique Homes
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Kingsbridge Homes

Kingsbridge Homes

4.8  (220) Summary
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Jof A.
Jof A.
  Fair Incentive Verified
Firstyle Homes

Firstyle Homes

4.7  (518) Summary
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Sara aljolan
Sara aljolanNSW
  Verified
Mojo Homes

Mojo Homes

4.7  (477) Summary
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Amy B
Amy BNSW
  Verified
Homebuyers Centre Victoria

Homebuyers Centre Victoria

4.6  (1,576) Summary
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veena c.
veena c.
  Verified
Homebuyers Centre Victoria
Homebuyers Centre Victoria   DM   
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Ridgewater Homes

Ridgewater Homes

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

Hall & Hart

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

Webb & Brown-Neaves

4.7  (325) Summary
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Dekker
DekkerWA
  Verified
Hunter Homes

Hunter Homes

4.8  (176) Summary
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Lisa N
Lisa N
  Verified
Stroud Homes

Stroud Homes

4.6  (574) Summary
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Thirroul home owners
Thirroul home ownersNSW
  Verified NSW, Wollongong
Highly recommend StroudWe had a great experience building with Travis, Cam and the team at Stroud. We have the dream house we hoped for and at all stages they worked with us to make these plans come to life. I’d highly recommend building with them. Came in on time and to budget. Show details
101 Residential

101 Residential

4.7  (328) Summary
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perthbackyard
perthbackyard6 posts
  Verified
Design Manager Kristan for the win101’s approach in design, service and detail. Prestart with Jorden and she was an absolute pro and a big shout out to Design Manager Kristan who designed our perfect home. he nailed every aspect and we can't wait to move in - a credit to the building industry! 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.

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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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