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How To Compare Quotes From Builders

When it comes to choosing a builder you need one thing to happen before anything else does. They need to make you smile. Why is this so important above all else? Because genuine people make us smile and genuine people are the ones we can trust.

Your secret weapon to simply compare quotes from different builders

To help make both the big and small decisions simple and straightforward, we’ve created your secret weapon to simplicity – a Builder’s Brief template. You can waste so much time, and create so much stress and frustration if you worry about whether you’ve thought of every little thing. Almost everybody forgets something when building their home, and you shouldn’t assume your builders and tradies will think of it during the build. If something’s not there, they assume it’s because you made a decision for it not to be there. Anyone missing ample outdoor taps?

Because building lets us create a home according to our wants, needs and desires, it’s only fitting that we choose to create a system that, within a matter of minutes, makes it easy to define those wants, needs and desires and get them prioritised. You simply fill in your brief according to the instructions. And don’t over-think it. It’s not like it’s set in concrete; it’s just a great starting point that has a profound effect on the ease and efficiency of your planning.

getting quotes that compare apples with apples

The Builder’s Brief helps you define what you want in your home, but it has another purpose that is just as important. Having a Builder’s Brief is gold when it’s time to get quotes from builders. Getting quotes is one of the biggest barriers to building. Why? Because in the majority of cases, builders’ quotes are not comparing apples with apples.

Quotes from different builders can vary so much that you are left feeling confused and scared that you are being ripped off.

It’s enough to put you off so much that you abandon your home building journey altogether. No-one wants to get ripped off, right? But with a $60,000 difference between quotes, how do you know who to trust?

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in summary


Getting quotes from builders that compare apples with apples can be really tough. Use our builders brief template to ensure that everyone is on the same page and providing you with the same costings for the same items.




If you're not comparing apples with apples, you're not comparing anything at all.

- Natalie Stevens


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