Supporting local businesses isn’t a new concept by any means. You’ve probably heard it thousands of times – particularly in regards to supporting local farmers and smaller retail stores. But did you know that there are also various benefits in selecting a local builder when building your dream home? Read on to discover why it may just be a better idea to set your sights on a builder who’s nearby, and the various ways that it can enhance your home building experience.
Here’s a fact that will always ring true: builders generally prefer staying within close proximity of their base area whenever possible. If your builder has to juggle between a choice of two upcoming jobs and it comes down to the wire, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll choose the one that’s closer, for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, the time spent going to and from the build site can really add up. If the site is a considerable distance away and the builder has to spend precious hours on the road instead of on-site with a tool in hand, it should come as no surprise that the build may progress a little bit slower, meaning that certain aspects of the build could be lengthier than you initially thought. And, while they may not admit it, your builders probably won’t be overly thrilled about the prospect of all of that extra driving time, particularly if they have to go through high-traffic areas to reach the site.
If your block is closer and more accessible to your builder, the job will likely progress faster, which is a win-win for everyone!
Arguably the biggest advantage of opting for a local builder is simply that they are familiar with the intricacies of the area. On the surface, this may not seem like a dealbreaker, but there are various ways in which familiarity and experience in an area can help. If the area of the block has specific rules and regulations that must be abided by, e.g. certain protected flora that cannot be removed under council guidelines or fencing rules, your builder will already have the knowledge required to tick all the boxes and start the build smoothly, rather than having to figure it out on the spot.
Your builder’s knowledge of the area can also help with the structural aspect of the build. For example. If the type of soil that’s common in the area isn’t compact and is prone to shifting largely over time, you builder probably already knows this, and can go to great lengths to ensure that your foundation is rock-solid. And finally, your builder knows without a doubt the style of home that best fits the area you’re in. If you’re in a relatively new area which boasts plenty of super modern entertainers, your builder will definitely have some recommendations for you when he sees your plan for an old world Georgian home. With all of their time and experience in an area, your builder will work with you to incorporate all of your ideas and provide guidance to make sure your new pad stands out in the best way possible.
Another key advantage of choosing a local builder is the old adage of money and business staying within your community. Supporting local business is great for the local economy of your area, and the sense of rapport you can build with a local builder is a great opportunity for building connections. A local builder is also more likely to be able to provide additional and more personalised support for you, both during the build and afterwards.
So, if you’ve got a project in mind, reach out to a builder who’s local and has an intimate knowledge of the area – you’d be surprised at how much it can benefit both parties and help to start your home building journey on the right foot.
If you’re ready to start constructing your dream home in 2020, we’re only a call away. Hylton Constructions has been proudly servicing north-east suburbs in Melbourne for over 20 years.