Jun 20, 2018 | Property Development

Choosing the best builder for the right project can be a tedious and confusing process.

You are ready to build a new home, but where do you start? With so many different builders and such a range of designs and specifications available, making the right choice can be almost impossible for the uninitiated buyer.

Even if the floor plan in the real estate lift-out looks perfect, will it fit on your dream plot? You think so if you can move a few of those trees and level out the slope a bit. Is all of this included in the cost of the build?

Once you have chosen a builder how can you be sure that your new home will be built on time by quality tradespeople? What is the company’s track record in achieving a great result?

How confident are you in your ability to consider and negotiate the vital components of a building contract and remain within budget?  This is after all one of the biggest financial undertakings you will make in your life.

Some of the many things that need to be considered include:

  • Footings and other site related costs
  • The selection process
  • Choice of materials/specifications
  • Energy efficiency considerations
  • Quality of tradespeople
  • Site supervision, expertise and communication
  • Build times:  Promised versus delivered
  • Hidden costs
  • Building company stability
  • Dispute resolution
  • Contractual obligations for both buyer and builder

Are you ready to take the plunge? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a professional representative to assist you?

Although a relatively new field, professional representation in the construction industry is now available, and the benefits of using such a service can be immense.

Daniel Otto from Otto Property Group has vast experience in the building industry and offers a personalised Builder Broker Service.  Daniel will assist you to identify potential issues and ensure that your every step is in your best interests and not the builders.

This service can save you thousands of dollars when it comes to building a home, but it can also save you an enormous amount of stress and worry over complex issues associated with the building process.

Custom Homes

So you are looking to build your dream home; something unique to your personal design and preferences?  Otto Property Group can help.

Whether you know exactly what you want and have already had your home designed by an architect, or whether you just think you know what you want but have no idea where to start looking, we offer a service to suit your requirements.

Otto Property Group works in conjunction with some of Adelaide’s finest architects, draughtsmen and custom home builders. No matter what your circumstances, we can tailor our service to meet your requirements.

Which scenario best describes you?

a) You have architectural drawings, but you are looking for a builder

This is, without a doubt, the most difficult part of the process.  Now the most critical time in your project is in the choosing of the best builder to ensure that your dream home is built to a standard you expect but at a reasonable price.

It is true when they say not all builders are the same, and every builder has a different cost structure. Otto Property Group works with only the best and most cost-efficient builders in the Adelaide marketplace. We will present your plans to those builders for quoting and ensure that all the costs of your requirements are taken into consideration in the creation of your building quote. We can then help you compare the quotes and assist you in choosing the builder that most suits your needs.

b) You know what design you are looking for, but nobody seems to have it!

This category of new custom home builders is probably the most common. In most cases, our clients have seen plans that they like, but do not quite meet their needs and expectations. It is also common to find a concept from one builder with an appealing general appearance, but you prefer certain design aspects of another. In many cases, some of the larger builders in Adelaide are reluctant to custom design your home as they rely heavily on the many designs that they have recreated. Some builders will not even allow you to pick your preferred facade if you choose one of their designs.

The service that we provide to clients in this situation is to be able to bring together the plans, ideas and dreams that you have and to create a custom designed home that you can be proud of and live in happily for years to come. Once your design is complete, we will undertake the process of finding the right builder to build your home at the best possible price.

c) You want to build your dream home but don’t know where to start

In this situation, the journey ahead of you might be a long one. However, Otto Property Group can walk you through each step of the way to achieve your goal. Whether we need professional help from an architect, draughtsman or whether we need just to start jotting down some ideas, we can begin the journey and come up with a design that is unique to you and your requirements.

Sometimes just having a third party listen to what you have to say, what it is that you are trying to achieve and what it is that you like, provides a significant advantage in taking the next step towards achieving your dream home.


Daniel Otto has been a part of the property industry for over 15 years, with experience that stretches across real estate sales, investment, rental management and development.

Please reach out if you have any further property related questions.