New Home Buyer’s Guide: Questions to ask a builder.

So you’re ready to build a brand new home and need to source a builder who can bring your vision to a reality.

Building a new home is a huge financial and emotional investment, taking the extra time to do a thorough check on any prospective builder, their workmanship, references and credentials is crucial to finding the right builder for your job.

One of the best ways to find a builder is to visit a range of display homes in your favoured suburb. Once you have found a house with the design you like, it’s time to get down to the details and get the answers you need.

  1. What is included and what isn’t? Display homes feature the best fittings, finishes and appliances which may not be included in the standard package.
  2. Can I make changes to the layout? Now is the time to ask about any layout changes you want, some buyers like to make changes but these can prove problematic for the builders.
  3. How long will the build take? The answer to this question will guide you on realistic and achievable timeframes.
  4. Are you licenced? Be sure to only ever work with licenced tradesmen, a quick search on ‘google’ will provide further evidence of a builders licence credentials.
  5. Do you have builder’s insurance? You need to make sure your builder issues you a Certificate of Currency for Home Indemnity Insurance before you pay them anything. This covers you for financial loss should the builder die, become insolvent or do a runner.
  6. Can I visit recent projects or speak with a recent customer? You should be able to look at the builders’ recently completed work. This way you can see for yourself if the builder is doing the type of job you want for your home. Check out the quality of products used and the work completed. If possible, speak to the builders’ clients and get references. This way you can get feedback about customer experience and satisfaction.

Often when potential customers visit a display home they are fitted with all the high end optional extras that are not included in the base package, this can lead to a build that far exceeds your original budget. At Achieve Homes we have a ‘what you see is what you get’ transparency which means what you see in the display homes is included in your package. We pride ourselves on building real homes for real people.

Got a question for us? Call (02) 6280 6778 to speak to one of our team or visit a

New Display Homes Opening This Week!

This Saturday 6 May, we’ll be opening our brand new Googong Display Homes – yes, that’s right, not one, but TWO new display homes for you to peruse. These two new display homes embody everything that Achieve Homes represents — real homes for real people. They also showcase just a fraction of what our talented team can achieve for you.

Situated side by side at 64 & 66 Aprasia Ave, Googong, for your convenience, one home is perfect for a first home buyer or downsizer, with the other being a spacious home for a growing family. Despite these differences, both are packed full of features you can incorporate into your new home.

Here’s a taste of the features you can expect to see:

At number 66 you’ll find our Essence 4 Bed 23.7 home. With 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms it gives you a generous 180m2 of living space as well as 27.14m2 of alfresco living, and 40m2 of garage space. Packed into this home you’ll find our ‘Plus Living Package’ including:

  • Full height tiles
  • Large modern 600 x 600 floor tiles
  • A t-shaped ensuite to complement the master bedroom
  • Reverse cycle heating and cooling
  • Generous 2.7m ceiling heights
  • LED downlights
  • Timber laminate flooring in the spacious living areas
  • Large alfresco area
  • 4 spacious bedrooms
  • Large walk-in robe for the master suite
  • Huge walk-in butler’s pantry with 20mm stone benchtops
  • Work of art stone retaining walls
  • Energy efficient European appliances including a free standing 900mm BOSCH cooktop and oven, and a 900mm BOSCH range hood
  • 40mm stone benchtops with 40mm stone waterfall edges







Next door at number 64 is our Serenity 4 Bed 26.6. This home has 4 bedrooms, a study, and 2.5 bathrooms, making up the 213m2 of living space. It also includes 29.12m2 of alfresco space and 34m2 of garage. This larger option boasts some amazing features from the ‘Lush Living Package’ such as:

  • Full height tiles
  • Beautifully engineered timber oak flooring
  • Free standing bathtub
  • Reverse cycle heating and cooling
  • Generous 2.7m ceiling heights
  • LED downlights
  • Additional powder room with vanity
  • Stacker doors to alfresco
  • Separate children’s quarter
  • 40mm stone benchtops with 40mm stone waterfall edges
  • Huge walk-in butler’s pantry
  • Spacious living areas
  • Large alfresco area
  • Large walk-in robe
  • Work of art stone retaining walls
  • Energy efficient 900mm BOSCH appliances including a semi-integrated dishwasher
  • Custom made vanities with 20mm stone benchtops
  • Rain effect shower head (from ceiling) in the ensuite










You can view our new Googong Display Homes at 64 & 66 Aprasia Ave, from 11am – 4pm, every Saturday – Wednesday. Our helpful home consultants will also be on hand to answer any questions and take you through our processes for home designs and house and land packages.