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Discover what you need to know about Sydney home building contractors. We offer 9 questions to ask before starting your construction project.

9 Essential Questions to Ask Potential Home Building Contractors

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Building your dream home can be one of those rare life events which can send your emotions on a roller-coaster of emotion! It’s a journey where you NEED a trusted guide – a home building contractor who can work with you to turn your thoughts, plans and desires into the perfect finished product.

But… how can you know with confidence that you’ve chosen the right partner for this journey?

To steer you in the right direction, we’ve put together a list of “must ask questions” to ask any home building contractor, to help you figure out their suitability in terms of their expertise, reliability, and experience for your unique project.

Building Contractors Q1: “Where Are You Located?”

The logistics of building a home can be complex, to say the least. Choosing a contractor based near your home can lead to quicker response times, particularly if the contractor needs to travel regularly between their business location and your home.

It may also help your communications to be smoother throughout the life of the project.

Building Contractors Q2: “Do You Have Experience in My Area?”

Make no mistake: local experience matters. Contractors who are familiar with your area will likely have a better grasp of the local building codes, local restrictions or regulations, environmental considerations, and material availability.

This knowledge can be crucial in avoiding delays and ensuring your home is built to the highest standards.

Building Contractors Q3: “Can You Provide Examples of Recent Jobs You’ve Completed?”

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Making time to check a contractor’s recent work can give you insights into their quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

It’s also an opportunity to see if their aesthetic aligns with your vision for your own home.

Building Contractors Q4: “Can I Speak With Your Previous Clients or Visit Active Projects?”

There’s no substitute for first-hand accounts. Speaking with former clients or visiting active construction sites can provide a real sense of the contractor’s work ethic, organisation skills, and ability to stick to timelines and budgets.

You may also have an opportunity to see their team in full swing. Do they seem stressed, or focused? Angry or generally in a positive mood? Are they lounging around, or actively productive?

Building Contractors Q5: “Do You Have a Portfolio of Completed Projects, Particularly in My Area?”

Home building contractor portfolios show their experience

A comprehensive portfolio not only showcases a contractor’s skill but also their experience in handling projects similar to yours.

It’s also a helpful way to see the potential variety of designs. Are they a “one trick pony”, or are they skilled at creating a range of styles & designs?

Building Contractors Q6: “What License Do You Hold, and What is Your License Number?”

Licensing is a non-negotiable. It’s the baseline that ensures your contractor is legally recognised and qualified to work on your home. Always make the time to verify their license with the relevant authorities, such as the Department of Fair Trade.

Unfortunately, there are still some less than credible players in the building industry. The risk is just to simply too great, to skip this essential step!

Building Contractors Q7: “How Long Have You Been Licensed?”

Experience breeds expertise. The length of time a contractor has held their license can be a good indicator of their industry experience and reputation.

It speaks to their commitment to their craft, the stability of their business and can be an indicator (but not a guarantee) of their reputation in the local market.

Building Contractors Q8: “Do You Work Independently, Employ a Team, or Use Subcontractors?”

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Understanding a contractor’s business model can give you insight into how your project will be managed.

Whether they rely on a dedicated team, subcontractors, or a mix of both can affect the consistency and quality of the workmanship. It can also affect their resilience – will your project be negatively impacted if one team member becomes injured or sick? Or can they call on other workers quickly – at the same or better skill level – to continue the work?

Building Contractors Q9: “How Long Have You Worked With Your Team?”

Long-term relationships with subcontractors and team members often result in better communication and higher quality outcomes. Well-established business relationships – whether via employees or subbies – also provides clues as to the company’s level of trust, loyalty and commitment. And this can have a direct impact on the quality of their workmanship (and honesty) when dealing with you and your construction project.


Selecting the right contractor for your home build is about more than comparing quotes and portfolios. It’s about finding a team that shares your vision, respects your budget, and communicates transparently throughout the construction process. The right contractor will make you feel supported and confident, ensuring the journey to your dream home is as rewarding as the destination itself.

Hopefully, these questions can help you get some confidence when dealing with the challenge of choosing a home building contractor. Remember, building a home is not just about the physical act of laying bricks and mortar; it’s about creating a space that reflects your personality, values, and dreams.

At Brindabella, we’re not just builders… we’re creators of homes. With seven dedicated employees, including administrative staff and tradespeople, we pride ourselves on having a business structure that allows us to perform at the highest standards of quality and accountability. And we’d love to help you, too!

To start the conversation, just reach out to our team on 1300 794 488 or visit our contact page.