Choosing a design, choosing the land, seeing it all coming together. Building your home is an exciting time, one you’ll always remember.
Included in this guide are some tips to make sure your building project is memorable for all the right reasons.
When choosing your design, you have a variety of options. Look through the real estate section of newspapers, visit display homes, or talk directly to a building designer or architect if you have something more unique in mind.
Buying off the plan involves buying an apartment or project home, usually based on an architect’s impression and floor plan. If you’re considering this option, there are a variety of factors and risks you should consider first.
When designing your home, or looking to buy off a plan, consider some ways that you can increase its green credentials. This can include solar powered lighting, water saving devices, rainwater tanks and insulation.
If you’re not building on your existing block, make sure to choose a block of land that’s compatible with the house design you want. The block you choose can also have an impact on building costs, so it can be useful to employ an expert to inspect the site before you commit to buying.
This is the person who will be making your dream a reality, so take time in choosing the best builder for you. Ensure your building contract is clear and covers everything off, and a timeline for completion is agreed on.
Here you’ll find some useful links for finding builders in your area and checking their reputation in the industry.
Finding a builder:
|NSW||Office of Fair Trading Home Building Service
|QLD||Building Services Authority
|VIC||The Building Commission
|ACT||ACT Planning & Land Authority
|SA||Office of Consumer & Business Affairs
|TAS||Register of Accredited Building Practitioners
|WA||Builders Registration Board
|NT||Northern Territory Department of Planning and Infrastructure|
Remember these key points when choosing and employing a builder:
Working with your builder
Working with your preferred builder there are some important documents to complete. These are in place to protect you, and also set out your mutual expectations during the building project. These include:
As you might expect, there are a number of costs involved with building your home. The following links give you more information on what they are, and why you have to pay them. They are:
Below are a few more things to consider before you make the big decision between building and buying.
If you want more information and support on looking at buying your home as an alternative, we can help.