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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BUILDER – A CHECKLIST

It’s easy to avoid being misled by clever marketing ploys and manipulative sales tactics when you know the facts about the process of planning to build a new home.

DO I NEED TO LIKE THE BUILDER I CHOOSE TO BUILD MY NEW HOME?

When it comes to choosing a builder you need one thing to happen before anything else does. They need to make you smile. Why is this so important above all else? Because genuine people make us smile and genuine people are the ones we can trust.

HOW DO I APPROACH MY BUILDERS WHEN THERE IS A PROBLEM WHILE THEY ARE BUILDING MY NEW HOME?

One of the biggest mistakes made by people who are having a home built for them is not speaking up when they know something isn’t quite right. It’s those situations where you see something and you think ‘Mmm, should that be like that?’ Or some people just didn’t have the courage to stand up and say, ‘Hey, that doesn’t seem right’ or ‘That wasn’t what we had planned.’ They are often your commonsense things.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BUDGET BUILDER AND A HIGH-END BUILDER?

The quality of your new home is determined by your budget more than your builder. Every home with a building permit must be built to a standard that ensures its structural stability. Yours will have to be built according to a strict set of standards, codes, guidelines and regulations, regardless of the quality of the materials, fixtures and fittings.

HOW DO I CHECK IF MY BUILDER IS REGISTERED AND QUALIFIED TO BUILD MY NEW HOME?

Use a Licensed Builder The first thing you need to know when engaging a builder is whether they are licensed. Only licensed builders can be in charge of significant building projects. While the laws do vary somewhat from state to state, a licensed builder has to provide a warrantee for their work. For more information … Read More

HOW TO GET THE BEST FLOORPLAN – A CHECKLIST

You’ll now be aware of all of your options when it comes to choosing or designing your perfect floorplan. You’re ‘free to choose’ the option that will be best for you. You also now have the process we use to ensure we get the most competitive quotes from Builders and you know why you shouldn’t choose a Builder just because you love their floorplans. Most important of all you now know your options for getting the home you want for the budget you have.

HOW DO I USE A BUILDING DESIGNER OR DRAFTSPERSON TO CUSTOM DESIGN MY HOME?

When working with a building designer, dratsperson or architect you’ll work with them to create a unique design or to adapt a mix of floorplans you like.

How do I use pre-designed floorplans from a project builder?

Volume builders offer hundreds of pre-designed floorplans that cater for all budgets and the cost is incorporated into your overall costs. The sales consultant who works with you on behalf of the volume building company will help you choose a floorplan and also help you plot your preferred floorplan on a block.

How to Build your best Home – A Checklist

Completing the How to Build Your Best Home checklist gives you peace of mind knowing you’ve considered things from all angles so that the choices you make mean building a new home that is truly perfect for you.

What is a builders quote comparison chart?

It’s easy for discrepancies in quotes to occur.  Using a comparison chart to compare what each builder has allowed for in each area can help you work out two things. Firstly, it shows you where the discrepancies are occuring secondly, it shows you who’s charging more for what and where.

How to give a builder a brief of what you want in your new home

Create your Builders Brief here. It’s the 5 minute solution that helps you confirm what you really need in your new home.  Simply complete and submit.  A pdf report will be sent straight to your inbox for you to give to any builder you choose.

Everything you need in your new home – Your Coming home checklist

Your Coming Home Checklist reminds you really matters to you when building your new home. Personalise your checklist here and receive it by email in PDF form, ready to print or forward to your builder.

How do I avoid regrets when I move into my new home?

When you move into a new home there might be things that you’ll wish you’d done a bit more research on or thought more about.  Let’s talk about four of the most common things people regret not looking into more.  These are things that are easily overlooked during the planning stages, but may make a big difference to the comfort and liveability of your home.

How will I know if I have everything I need in my new home?

Your Builder’s Brief is focussed on the core structure of your home, but to help you make sure that you have absolutely every base covered, you should also complete the more detailed Welcome Home Checklist.

How do I allocate my budget when building?

You can only build what you can afford. But, where the magic of building comes into play is how it lets you spend your budget on the areas of your home that will bring you the most happiness. You can make decisions using a give and take system that will, upon completion, paint the picture of what your personal best lifestyle looks like with the budget you have, be it big or small.

First Home Owners struggling to secure a construction loan

Different people have different stories to share about the stress of planning to build a new home but often these stories go unheard. In my role as a home building advocate I come across these stories regularly, mainly by people who, after having found my course, decide to give this whole building thing another crack. … Read More

-How to get the best home loan for building

Getting a loan to buy a home is not the same as getting a loan to build a home. Here’s a checklist that makes sure you’ve got what you need when it comes to choosing the best home loan for your personal circumstances.

What can I do if I don’t have enough deposit and the bank won’t lend me the money.

Most lenders offer guarantor loan products for first home buyers, although they go by different names, depending on the financial institution. Terms you might hear that refer to these types of arrangements include:Family PledgeFamily SupportFamily EquityFast TrackFamily Guarantee

How do I get a construction loan when building?

Should you use a home loan or a construction loan? The truth is you should use both. When you buy your land, you’ll purchase it using a home loan, but if you want to save thousands of dollars while your home is being built then you’ll want to take out a construction loan for the amount needed to build your home.