James: What was life like before you joined Stroud?
Trevor: Well, before I joined Stroud, building is enjoyable but hard. So, just knowing where you are in the build financially, having no systems and things like that, it just made it really hard, to the point where it made it unenjoyable, wasn’t enjoyable at all.
James: What’s the biggest thing that made you more competitive to more builders in the local area after joining Stroud?
Trevor: Once I joined Stroud, it made me more competitive. People see you not as Trevor Mulholland anymore, they see you as this big building giant, that’s what I would think. And they trust that.
James: You were kind of a giant before, though.
Trevor: No, I don’t know. It’s really hard to get people to sign with you when you’re just on your own and no support. But, no, there’s definitely something there, the branding and things like that that definitely help.
James: So how’s things gone since you’re starting the business?
Trevor: Yeah, so since we’ve started, about seven weeks ago we had a soft opening and then three weeks ago we had our grand opening. And in that time we’ve signed six prelims and two have gone to contract with another contract to be signed tomorrow. Things are fantastic.
James: Wow. Couldn’t ask for more.
Trevor: No. We got a lot of leads.
James: How do you find the support from the Stroud Homes head office team?
Trevor: Yeah, incredible. There is a lot to learn in it all, and what I’ve found is if they told all to you in one hit, you’d be overwhelmed. So, as you need it, they give you the support you need. And, yeah, they’re always happy to help you on Zoom or fix something, or help you through. No, they’re fantastic.
James: Who’s the most patient person at the Stroud Homes head office team?
Trevor: Oh, the most, yeah, the most patient person would be Matt Wright. He’s incredible.
James: He’s a good teacher, right?
Trevor: He’s a good teacher and he puts up with a lot. And, yeah, I don’t know, he just is. But, Mark Harris is pretty good as well. He’s pretty patient as well, so it’s a hard one. Matt’s just done more time with me, that’s all.
James: Yeah. No, he’s very good. The home that you’ve sold that you’re most excited about building, tell us a little bit about it.
Trevor: The home that I’ve sold that is the most exciting would be the Savannah 262.
James: Lovely home.
Trevor: Yeah, so they’ve seen the house and been through the display three years ago in Toowoomba. And they just came straight in the door and said, “Build me this home.” I was like, “Sweet.” Yeah, it was pretty good. It was a really easy one.
James: Nice. It’s a beautiful home, too. For a young builder that’s just got their license in the last few years, what advice would you give them?
Trevor: Yeah, the advice I’d give a young builder that would be looking for something more, the next level, next step, yeah, I’d definitely recommend Stroud. Just all the systems and all the programs that they’ve got to help you get through. There’s just nothing like it.