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Within the last couple of years numerous builders within South Australia such as Tudor Homes, JML Home Constructions and Cubic Homes have gone into liquidation, leaving many families left with unfinished homes. Due to this uncertainty within the industry it is paramount that those looking to build carefully consider who they choose to build with.

Here’s our tips to avoid being burnt by your builder:

  • Only use builders with longevity in the market, consider the builder’s history and conduct reference checks with former clients. If a builder’s contractors are new, this could be a sign of difficulties with previous contractors. Family businesses are usually reliable given they are in the industry for the long-term, rather than to achieve some short-term gains
  • Have your accountant or lawyer conduct credit agency searches, outlining a builder’s credit history and defaults.
  • Search ASIC records to check for frequent changes of ownership, if there is or has been a pattern of wind-up applications against the company, and if company directors have a history of directorships with failed companies.
  • Conduct a court file search, which may bring to light previous litigation of the builder.
  • Check that the registrations and qualifications of the builder are current.
  • Review the building contract and ensure you understand your rights and obligations should the builder collapse.

How can we help?

Whilst past performance can never assure future performance, the following builders have been trusted to deliver a great level of customer service.

Gully Building and Construction- 0488504726, contact@gullybuilding.com.a

Lewis Build Constructions- 0437446405, dale@lewisbuiltconstruction.com.au

Being alert and informed is the best defense to getting burnt by a builder. Call a Jim’s building inspector on 13 15 46 to inspect every stage of your build.

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