THERE is something exciting and equally daunting about building your own home. One name engenders confidence and trust, over many years. G J Gardner Homes is a brand name many people do trust. Not many of us understand that behind the name is a local builder and it is the combination of the two parties that makes this a great partnership. It can also deliver a great outcome for local people looking at building. Brad Hyde is the local franchisee and builder who brings a wealth of experience to the business.
"I took on the franchise about 18 months ago, and we are based to serve the growing areas in the rural communities and some of Ipswich. G J Gardner was attractive to me because it has a good name and they offer affordable homes. I go out to Gatton, Karalee, Karana Downs, to Esk, Boonah and then some parts of Ipswich as well," Mr Brad Hyde said.
According to G J Gardner Homes, each local office is owned and operated by a registered local builder who takes pride in everything they do. "They are committed to building their businesses with a professional attitude, honesty, good service and good value."
"G J Gardner is recognised as a professional organisation with a reputation for good value, good service and competitive prices. They also have very good systems for management and have been around for a long time," Mr Hyde said.
Greg Gardner started the business in 1983. It is a Queensland-based business and was building up to 1000 homes a year and had established eight regional offices. He and his wife decided to franchise, and the rest is history. It is now established across Australia, in the USA, and New Zealand. They have built more than 20,000 homes and currently have 110 franchises.
It is the local face, the local builder with local knowledge that makes this a perfect marriage. Brad Hyde operated Hyde Constructions for a number of years before taking on this venture. "I did my apprenticeship and then worked for other people before going out on my own. I have been building for 15 years," he said.
"People want value for money. One of our slogans is 'Why pay rent when you could be in your own home?' We have home-and-land packages that are really affordable," he said. Brad Hyde has no hesitation is stating that the key benefit is price. "I could not have built a house under my own business for the price I can under this business." Such is the buying power of the G J Gardner group.
For the new-home owner, the process is brilliant. You can select from the many designs that they have or you can modify the plans to suit your needs. "As long as people only make changes internally, then there is no extra cost. Of course, if they alter the actual structure, then that may make a price difference." You also have the option of designing your home and having them do plans.
"Each customer will work with one of the sales team. Once they are on the way to building they have access to their sales person and also my mobile number. They also work with our builders. We only use quality local trade contractors that meet G J Gardner Homes standards."
One of the big selling points is the fixed price. Once all of the plans, soil testing and any other process have been worked through the final price is given and that is locked in with a contract. In addition they also give a 16-week guarantee to build the home. Regular checks on progress give the client peace of mind.
"Just come to our office and select anything from the bricks, to fixtures and fittings, paint colours." They have a lot of resources online as well. Mr Hyde said that the market was tough, but they were still kept busy across the region.
The office and display centre is at 3 - 1525 Warrego Hwy, Blacksoil. G J Gardener Lockyer & Brisbane Valley can be contacted on 3201 5438. They are open from 9am to 4.30pm weekdays and all other times available by appointment.
"I know we can offer better protection for the home owner. At the end of the day I am accountable and we have a strong company backing from G J Gardner. It is a great time to build," he said.