Granny flats were once considered as an annex which you would build on your home to enable an elderly relative to move in and be close to their family. Whilst this still happens, granny flats are now more widely considered as small, one or two person abodes which have become popular amongst all age groups. Here in Australia a multitude of companies are designing and constructing beautiful and innovative granny flats, which has also added to this rise in popularity. If you have decided that the time has come to downsize or move into a new granny flat, here is how to choose a reliable house builder.
Not all house builders have a great amount of experience and many of them may have experience in construction, but not in the construction of a granny flat. In order to get the best team for the job you need to find a company who is experienced in both home building and the construction of granny flats. You can find out this information when you speak to a company and through online research.
When you speak to a potential candidate it is important that you ask to see examples of work that they have done in the past. If you are using a local firm, then they should be able to show you a number of examples of the work that they have previously carried out. This is not only in relation to the entire property, but also in relation to particular rooms. For instance, if you only have a small space for a kitchen the company will be able to show previous examples of their work, where they also had to work with small kitchen spaces.
Reviews are a great way of finding out just how good a company’s work is and what they are like to work with. If you have been shown examples of other work which the company has done then don’t be scared to knock on the door and find out how the customer felt about the way that business was conducted, the worst thing they can say is no. You can also read reviews online, which will pull no punches in delivering the truth about the particular firms that you are thinking about working with. Bear in mind that people have different expectations and standards, but generally reviews can be a great way to find out more about a particular company.
Many firms use display villages that show off the various granny flats that they can offer and if this is an option then it is well worth checking out. Speak with the staff about what options they can provide, discuss the construction details with them and make sure that they know their stuff so you can trust that they can deliver a similar result for your own property.
The cost of the project will naturally have to be less than what your budget is, but beyond this you need to ensure that you are getting value for money from your build. The best bet is to get a collection of quotes from different companies and then use this as part of the weighing up process when selecting the firm.
The best candidate will be one with vast experience in this type of construction who offers a competitive price, quality assurance and who has a solid reputation.