Building a new home is a very exciting prospect, but it can also be very stressful. When considering your future house plans, you want to choose a builder who is reliable and experienced in new home building and custom home designs.

We at Rawdon Hill in Melbourne can provide your home with the latest designs and styles in a range of new homes that suit your individual requirements. We are industry leaders in home design and construction, and we understand how new homebuyers can be burned by hidden costs or other pitfalls. Here are some of our factors that we believe you should consider when choosing a new home builder.

Flexibility of the builder

You may be shown a range of display homes and plans, but if they don’t fit your specific needs and lifestyle requirements, then it’s not for you. Find a home builder who is experienced and flexible enough to work with you and adjust when necessary.

Transparency of cost estimates

If you are considering working with a home builder that confronts you with a contract with a long list of estimates and potential TBAs, ask for a direct estimate to avoid prices soaring when you least expect it. Red flags should go up anytime you see the word ‘pending’ near the word ‘cost.’ Make sure you go through every aspect of the project with a fine-tooth comb so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Don’t fall for promotions

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t fall into traps and pitfalls where builders offer cash rewards or provide you with a new car. You’ll end up paying for it in the long run.

How true to form is the display home?

Make sure to speak with the sales representative at any display home you visit to make sure that what is included in the display home will be included in your own. Even if not everything is included, you should know entirely what to expect and what you’re spending your money on.

Don’t pay for energy savings

New home builders in this day and age should be building with 6 star minimum energy efficiency ratings. If the builder is trying to charge you extra for energy savings, they are scamming you.

Consider your outdoor space

When you check out some display homes, you may be blown away by the interior. Many builders account for this and don’t expect you to ask questions about how they will incorporate the backyard or front yard into your house plan. Make sure you ask plenty of questions so that you enjoy your outdoor living space as much as your indoor environment. This is just as important for maintaining the lifestyle that you’ll want.

Relationship with other trades

Choose a builder with good references and relationships with other tradesmen in the area. Good coordination on all fronts, from construction to electricians to plumbers, is key to a timely and happy development of a new home. 


Rawdon Hill is a group of trustworthy new home builders in Melbourne. You can rely on us for transparent dealings and beautiful home construction. Contact us today to get started on building your new home.