Builder selection is the single most important decision a homeowner will make. 

Builder registration, called licensing in some States, is just the tip of the iceberg if you’re researching the reputation of a builder. Registration alone will not guarantee you a stress-free experience. There are several thousand new building disputes recorded in Australia every year - many by repeat-offending registered builders.

Solving building disputes is slow and expensive. You should avoid a builder who regularly appears before the courts or State resolution agencies. Stay away also from builders who aren't paying their bills or have a poor credit rating. Beware of phoenixing builders and those that don't keep their customers happy.

If you're about to sign a contract and seek peace of mind, invest in a Builder Background Report.

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