builderThe success of a project will depend greatly on choosing the right builder, but many consumers struggle with this decision.

Master Builders Membership Manager, Dom Butera hopes to shed some light on this subject during his seminar Selecting a builder for your project at the upcoming Build & Renovating Expo from 4 to 6 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Master Builders represents more than 7000 builders, subcontractors, manufacturers and suppliers in the Victorian residential and commercial building sector. Dom, who deals one-on-one with many of the members, is well placed to explain the best process for choosing the builder most suitable for each individual’s needs.

“The project location, type and style will all influence your choice of builder,” Dom said.

“Particular requirements such as skill in sustainable building and energy efficiency may also play a part,’ he said.

“Those who attend my seminar will gain a better understanding of the various types of builder available and the pitfalls of becoming an owner builder.”

The seminar will also cover the main stages of the building process, helping consumers to know what to expect and to plan accordingly. Dom will also cover key questions that to ask prospective builders to ensure consumers are choosing the right one for them.

imagesAmong the top questions to ask are:

  • Are you a Registered Building Practitioner?
  • How long have you been working in the industry?
  • Can you provide me with some client references?

“It is of the utmost importance that people ensure they are engaging a Registered Builder because they are qualified, knowledgable and experienced – but most importantly, they are registered with the Building Practitioners Board and will be covered by the appropriate insurance,” Dom said.

Consumers will also get valuable project tips to help them on their way including:

  • The importance of having detailed plans from a competent draftsman, architect or registered builders.
  • Obtaining three, written quotes.
  • Ensuring all project specifications are covered.

“The seminar will be worthwhile for anyone thinking of starting a building project – no matter how big or small,” Dom said.

“It’s always important to engage qualified professionals to ensure that whatever you are planning to do to you home, that you are doing it properly and won’t suffer negative consequences later down the track.”

For more information about the upcoming Build & Renovating Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 4 to 6 July, click here or call Master Builders on (03) 9411 4555. Entry for members is free.

For non-members, purchase tickets online at