“If you could give one piece of advice to anyone building for the first time, what would it be?”
...the decisions you make at the start will affect your final home and the consultant plays a huge role in these early stages so it is critical that they have the knowledge and experience to guide you and make sure nothing is overlooked.
It was really enjoyable firstly, asking this question and then receiving these answers. I would love for others to leave their advice in the comments, or share this article around as it's so important to understand from the clients side. Providing exceptional customer service is absolutely crucial for success in any market, but particularly today's as our clients are more educated due to so much information at their fingertips!
Blake - "Do your research, the market, location, builder and the overall process. Ask lots of questions along the way prior to making your decision."
Loren - "My Advice to anyone building is to firstly have 100% confidence in their consultant. Trust your instinct and shop around. Take that extra bit of time to find someone who understands your needs in the home."
Emily & Mitch - "The first piece of advice is to think hard about how you will use your home and remember this at every stage of the design and planning processes. As well as looking good, it’s really important that your home is functional so consider what changes you might want to make to the designs that will make the final product the best fit for your needs. Look at your current or previous houses in detail and identify the features in each room that you like and dislike (from big things like storage space to details like power points) and apply these to your design."
Emily & Mitch - "My second piece of advice is to find a consultant who is driven to achieve the best possible outcome for you. If you are building for the first time it can be a very daunting process, the decisions you make at the start will affect your final home and the consultant plays a huge role in these early stages so it is critical that they have the knowledge and experience to guide you and make sure nothing is overlooked. Look for someone who is recommended by a friend and/or in online reviews. The qualities that made our consultant fantastic were his vast amount of precious experience, attention to detail, honesty and patience (for the millions of questions we had!). "
Dee - "Cheapest isn’t always the best … look at the quality of what you’re getting and find something that’s good value. Do your research and build with someone you trust"
Jason - "Focus on planning your home to suite you and your family, keeping in mind your kids grow up very fast so don’t try make it just to suite your little ones. Also I would get some advise on the sizing of rooms and how to make the most out of your block size and budget."
Bri - "My advice would be to find a consultant that you can ask any question and feel you get a true and honest answer from, to someone that goes the extra mile for you to ensure you feel confident with your decisions even if it may not be in their best interest. If you can find that person it opens the doors for a smooth and exciting start for a big adventure."
Pete - “Sit down with your New Homes Consultant and go through your plans thoroughly. He/she knows what changes/additions can or cannot be made, and he/she will also offer very valuable advice. I’m very glad that I did this with Max. ”
Julie - "Our advice to anyone building for the first time, is to write a list of everything you will have to pay for besides building the house ie: fences, dishwasher, clothesline extra paving and landscaping.”
Charlene - "Just take your time, and do your research"
My thoughts; I love asking this question, it brings a whole range of different thoughts, while having a solid undertone of trusting your consultant. I cannot stress this enough, do not just choose a plan, choose a consultant that knows what they are doing and will be with you for the whole journey. Cheers - Max Williams - Dale Alcock Homes