What is Independent Builders Network?
IBN is a business system and industry network, that helps progressive home builders to expand and compete with the big companies.
Our systems are built on our proven industry success, and are continually strengthened by the shared experience and expertise of our members.
Our professional industry networks – our independent builders, allied suppliers and business professionals throughout Australia are leaders in their field.
They are all dedicated to quality home design and construction through a comprehensive package of expert building and business services – with a commitment to delivering ethical, honest and quality workmanship, excellent customer service and value for money.
Why should I build with a member of the Independent Builders Network?
Independent Builders are best-of-breed local builders.
They are progressive, dynamic, professional builders who, with the support of the IBN systems and networks, offer a building experience that is not possible with volume builders.
As a client of Yard Builders, building your IBN dream home, you develop a working relationship with a reputable local builder – not a sales rep.
You also get the peace of mind and confidence knowing that Yard Builders is a fully trained, fully qualified, stable professional business, backed by the IBN team of industry professionals.
What type of guarantee will I receive with my dream home?
All homes are guaranteed against structural defects for the period of 7 years from the date we apply for your Warranty Insurance
What type of maintenance is available with my dream home?
Yard Builders will generally provide structural maintenance for up to 13 weeks from when you take occupancy of your dream home.
Is my Dream Home insured while my builder is constructing it?
Yes, your house is insured under Yard Builders “All Risk Construction” policy. Please note that the insurance expires upon issue of the Certificate of Occupancy.
The foundations are complete and my dream home looks too small. Will it fit?
Yes, your dream home will fit on the concrete or timber floor. It may appear too small, but this is a popular misconception at this stage of construction.
Can I have a key to my dream home so I can access it when I want?
No, we cannot hand over our builder’s master key at any time. Yard Builders will, however, arrange for the house to be opened for you by prior arrangement, during business hours, just contact Yard Builders office with your requirements.
Can I discuss or instruct the Yard Builders sub contractors when I visit the site as pre arranged?
It is better if you do not discuss the work with sub contractors. Any instructions or changes given to sub contractors must only come from Yard Builders. Due to requirements of the builder’s insurance policy, you should not visit the site unless you have permission from Yard Builders.
What if I want to vary something in my dream home after signing the contract. What is the procedure?
Variations must be put in writing and given to Yard Builders. Refer to our special conditions about variations which are requested after contract signing and colour selection.
Do post contract variations delay work on my dream home and cost more?
Variations requested after the colour selection has been completed will always delay progress and will cost significantly more than adjustments made before the plans and specifications are finalised. It is better to avoid post-contract changes. Having Yard Builders construct your home will avoid post-contract changes as we provide a more intensive consultation process.
When can my builder give me an approximate completion date of my dream home?
The completion of your new home is dependent upon Council requirements, weather, availability of materials, variations to the contract, etc. We can, however, give an approximate date of completion once we reach the fix out stage.
Can I keep any left over building materials? What is the procedure?
You are able to keep excess materials (eg. bricks),you just need to have written permission from Yard Builders.
Who arranges connection of Electricity, Gas and Telephone?
Generally, it is the owner’s responsibility to arrange these items. Keep in touch with Yard Builders to find out the correct time to arrange these connections.
When do I arrange my own house and contents insurance?
You should arrange applicable cover for your house and contents from the day you take occupancy of your new dream home.
When can I discuss anything to do with my dream home with my Builder?
We are available by phone during normal business hours (Monday – Friday 8.30 am to 5.30 pm), or by mobile if there is an emergency after these hours. We ask that you respect our private time which we prefer to devote to our personal and family matters.