If you are considering building a home, the following tips will help you know exactly where to start, and will also make the whole building process run more smoothly.
1 – Research your Floorplan
Deciding on a house plan that will suit you and your lifestyle is the first step to ensuring you build the perfect home for you. Make a list of the things you want in your home, and those that you don’t. How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want a home office? Choose a design that will work for your lifestyle and your future; everybody has different needs and wants when it comes to building the perfect home, so don’t compromise on what you need.
2 – Plan Ahead
It is so important to plan for the future when designing your new home, as you want to ensure that your new home will grow with your family over time. Will this home be able to accommodate your future plans? Do you plan on having kids in the future? Do you need extra space for a dog? Make sure to look ahead to where you want to be in a few years time and take that into consideration.
3 – Make a Budget
With the help of a broker, work out a budget that works for you and stick to it. Ensure that the repayments for your home will be manageable for you, and will not disrupt your lifestyle. You want to be able to enjoy yourself while you are making repayments. When setting your budget, make sure that you allow for any upgrades you want, or any unexpected costs that may arise. Although uncommon, it is good to have a bit left in the bank should the need arise.
4 – Where to Build
Choosing the right location for you is crucial in the building process. Think carefully about where you would like to build and what suburbs in your area are a good fit. Do you want to live near work or family? Do you love the country setting, or are you more of a city person? It is a good idea to choose a few different suburbs that suit what you’re after, as sometimes there may not be any suitable blocks in your first chosen suburb.
5 – Find the Right Builder
Do your research and shop around when it comes to choosing your builder. Visit builders and their display homes before making a decision on which builder to go with to get a good idea of the quality of the homes, and the service of their consultants. You want to make sure that you find one that is right for you and that will work with you to help build your new home.
6 – Check for any Grants
Know what you are eligible for when it comes time to build; every little bit helps when you are building a home. Are there any government grants that you are able to take advantage of, such as the First Home Owners Grant? Is the land estate you’re building in offering any incentives? Does your chosen builder offer any promotions you’d like to include? Making sure you get the best deal and the most out of your land estate and builder can help save money and add thousands to your properties value.
7 – Get Expert Advice
Consult the experts who are on hand throughout your building journey. There are a lot of decisions to be made, and a lot of people on hand who are ready to help you each step of the way. Talk to a mortgage broker and settlement agent about financing and land settlement, and make an appointment with your building consultant if there are any questions you might have or something you’re not sure of. You can never be too thorough when it comes to building your new home, so make sure to speak up if there is something you’re not sure of!
8 – Read your Contracts
Know what you are signing, and if there is something you don’t understand, make sure you ask questions. Read through your contracts carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask your Building Consultant for clarification on anything you are unsure of. Your Building Consultant is there to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions!
9 – Stay in Contact
Communication is key throughout your building experience; it is so important to keep the lines of communication open between you and your builder. Your builder should be in constant communication to make sure that you are kept up to date with what stage your build is at, any delays that may have occurred, and how your build is progressing. If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to ask! By this stage you should have a client liaison who will be happy to keep you up-to-date with your progress.
10 – Raise any Concerns
Make sure you raise any concerns you have at your inspections with your site supervisor. If you don’t tell your builder if you notice something wrong, then the problem won’t get sorted. There are multiple phases throughout your build where you are able to visit the site with a supervisor, which is the perfect time to point out anything you are unsure of, and also to ask any questions that you may have. Your supervisor is there to help make sure everything is on track, so if you spot something you’re not sure of, they will be happy to look into it for you and get anything that might not be quite right fixed up without a hassle.