In Adelaide, the real estate market is definitely booming, but believe it or not, it isn’t just the older and already owned homes that are being bought and sold. Many people are taking advantage of the free landscape available in the glorious outback as the world is growing in popularity. Therefore, it isn’t uncommon that once you get everything you need to get your loan to build your dream home, you’re going to need to hire a quality builder. In this guide, we’re going to tell you all about how to hire them, and give you some ideas that will help you keep the situation from being as stressful as possible.

Make Sure Your Builder is Local

If you’ve ever noticed, especially after storms, but literally all year long, you’ll find builders that are from other areas of Australia, and even the world. Don’t fall prey to these guys – even though some of them may be legit, there are a lot of scammers out there. You want your builder to be from the local area you’re in (or the surrounding area), so you can actually monitor the track record in your neighborhood.

You also want to make sure that they the new home builder is licensed and bonded and do your own research. Check out if they’re listed on websites like Angie’s List, or check local contractor’s board websites to ensure that their license number is active and real. This is also the time that you’ll want to make sure that your builder or the company that they work for (and with) are all insured with at least liability insurance for your protection as well as their own.

Check the Facts

You’ll want to get quality references when it comes to asking for references. Some contractors will generally be like anyone else handing in their resume, and they’re going to give you their best reviewers possible, as well as put only the highest reviews (even the fake ones) on their website to give them a better reputation. In order to get the best reviews possible that are truly helpful, ask for the past 4 or 5 customers’ contact information. If they are hesitant or don’t want to give this information out, then they may not be a very good builder. 

Be Aware of These Warning Signs Too

Along with the above information, of course, if they can’t provide insurance proof, or contractor’s bonding and licensing information, you don’t want to hire them. However, if they have a small portfolio, you may be understanding if you do your homework and find they’re just a startup construction company. When you hire a builder though, you also want to make sure they’re not just charging you a humongous deposit up front, and that they aren’t willing to pay for their own materials. Contractors often charge this to you after the project is completed.


If you’re looking to have your cozy dream home built for a great price, and by a team of qualified builders, you want to hop on over to Kookaburra homes, winner of the year’s South Australian Professional Medium Builder Award directly from the Housing Industry Association of Australia.