Frequently Asked Questions

1. At what stage do I involve a builder?

This can vary with each person, some are willing to come up with a plan and design on their own and some are more than happy to have a builders expertise from the start. This can be a good idea, especially with new home builds as there tends to be complications and details that the professionals know. This can help in reducing price of the overall build as well as time

2. Will I need a building consent?

The majority of building work requires consent, especially with new home builds, apart from exempt work. Each stage of the building process whether it be structural, roofing or even moving services they’ll all need a consent which is why involving a builder early is beneficial.

3. Do I need a licensed building practitioner (LBP)?

With certain projects that are restricted during a build you’ll need a LBP do complete the work. Work involving the building structure, weather tightness, and design of fire safety systems are all required to be completed from a Licensed Building Practitioner. This covers work that is critical to the integrity of a building, for example its envelope and structure. These changes were made to the Building Act 2004 and was brought in on March 2012.

4. Do I need my builder to be a member of an association?

It is highly recommended.  By using a member of Master Builders you ensure they are trade qualified and have suitable references. You’ll also be entitled to apply for the Homefirst Builders Guarantee which can be applied for on your behalf.

5. Why a new home build specialist – isn’t all building the same?

Building new homes compared to renovation work is as different as apples and oranges. A new build starts  from the ground up and requires more detailed processes. By using an experienced new home build specialist you are able use their knowledge and expertise at every stage, whether it be designing your home or choosing the right materials you’ll know your in safe hands.

6. Do I get a guarantee?

Yes, With Baylis Exclusive Homes you’ll receive the best new home build guarantee around so you can feel comfortable that the job will done right. We’ll maintain constant communication with you throughout the build so you’re not left in the dark, ensure your home is built on time and to the agreed budget, as well as our team will be respectful and treat your home like our own. By using a Certified Builder you will also be eligible to apply for a Homefirst Builders Guarantee 10 year warranty for further peace of mind.

7. How can I keep my building project on budget?

At Baylis Exclusive Homes we use a “ 287 pt Quality Control Checklist” that is specific to new home builds so that we can ensure every detail is exactly what you had planned as well as managed on time and therefore under budget. After all nothing will lesson the enjoyment of this process for you if costs start to run high.  Of course with builds there are unforeseen circumstances or even alterations that you may wish to add, this is why we’ll price up any changes you would like or that are needed prior to starting the work, this way you know how much it will cost and you won’t be surprised.

8. Should I request a fixed price or charge up?

A fixed price can give more certainty at the outset, and works well in new builds. However there is more than likely going to be certain “tagged” items of the build where a price can not be given, the price can usually not be confirmed until work begins.

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