About Us

We believe that building and renovating can be an amazing experience where almost all of the problems commonly encounted can be avoided. All you need is some expert guidance to steer you to great results.

Independent Building Advice (IBA) has changed the way people go about building and renovating.

We have flipped the script when it comes to building or renovating your home. Instead of our business working for the builder and trying to sell you a home, we work for you and help you buy a home.

With a team of industry experts behind you (that’s us!), you have the best chance of getting great results. We understand what makes a design great, what things cost, builder lingo, the councils, the system, the processes and most importantly how to make it all work for you. 

You can build your dream home and love the process as well as the results. We will guide you by proactively making recommendations, help you get the best home for your money, guide you in avoiding mistakes and help you handle them if a problem should arise.  

We’re keen to chat to you about you vision for your the home and to see how we can help you achieve a successful build.

Our Purpose

If you look online it won’t be too hard to find places like “Shonky Builders” with endless horror stories about people’s experience building. Although many of these stories are true and disappointing to hear, 95% of these problems could have been avoided if they had a building expert by their side guiding and advising them on home design, inclusions, pricing, choosing the right land and the right builder..

…and so in June 2020 Independent Building Advice was born!!

Founder and Director

The Founder and Director of Independent Building Advice (IBA) is Behan Flaherty, pronounced Bay-an.

Behan has been in the building industry for over 20 years working with some of Australia’s biggest home builders. His roles consisted of Senior Executive Management, Group Sales Management (second biggest project builder) and Design and Home Consulting.

Behan has directly helped more than a 1000 families to design, build and renovate their homes, and over 10,000 families indirectly.

With his invaluable inside knowledge of how builders think and operate, the IBA team can help improve the journey and outcome of anyone looking to build or renovate. 

Independent Building Advice is an unbiased resource to aid homebuyers in creating a great home whilst loving the journey. We are in the buyers corner all the way. 

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Testimonials

These are the comments from some of our clients. If you would like to speak to any of our clients we are happy to arrange it for you.

Behan brought 20+ years of being immersed in the home building industry to our project. From lifestyle considerations when choosing layouts and finishings to insightful knowledge about every stage of the process, his advice really helped us navigate the complexities of building - most importantly, knowing the motivations of the builder and when to ask the right questions.
Jerome L
From Bacatta
After we’d had our house designed and had chosen our builder we started getting advice from lots of sources and from friends & family. Most of this was conflicting or very confusing . Bringing Independent Building Advice in allowed us to focus back on what we wanted and also understand what was realistic. With their experience we were also able to include items we hadn’t even thought of and rearrange a few items that could have cost us thousands in variations during the build.
Andrew S
From Kensington
Until I found Independent Building Advice I found the whole building process to be overwhelming - the knowledge we got from the tutorials gave us the confidence to build. The course being broken up into sections and available in the order we wanted allowed us to access the right information when we needed it and not too much information at once. The training was informative and easy to follow - and I referred back to when I needed it. Once you have decided to build, completing the tutorials Is invaluable. Even a year down the track the information is still there and so helpful.
Annie H
From Beeliar
We had signed up with a builder and everything was going great.
When we got the kitchen plans back, the builder had changed it and we hated it. They tried to push us to just accept it.
We were not sure what to do. Our friends suggested one thing but we were not sure. We reached out to Behan and the IBA crew. They redesigned the kitchen to work better within the builder’s requirements and then told us what to do and say.
Today we’re living in a kitchen we love thanks to IBA.
Kristy O
From Southern River

Let's Build Your Dream

Expert home design

We use a panel of architects and designers to create your dream home space. They have decades of experience of mixing style and practicality for great results.

Select the best builders for your project.

We shortlist Perth best builders for your home and get 2-3 quotes.  All of our builders must meet ALL 7 criteria to be recommended by IBA. Solid financial position, well priced, fixed prices, consistent communication, decent build times, quality workmanship and most important good people.

Unbiased independent advice all the way

We work for you not the builder and stay with you right through from start to finish making sure everything is as it should be.

Let's work together!