Louise Surette

Herald Sun - Property - - FRONT PAGE -

FROM choos­ing a sub­urb to choos­ing a door han­dle, the ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing a new home can seem fraught with end­less de­ci­sion-mak­ing. The good news is the home­build­ing in­dus­try has gone to great lengths to help you nav­i­gate your way to the fin­ish line.

“There is no doubt that the home­build­ing jour­ney in­volves a lot of pa­per­work and boxes to tick, but it doesn’t have to be as daunt­ing as peo­ple think,” Bur­bank man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jar­rod San­fil­ippo said. Bur­bank is one of a num­ber of build­ing com­pa­nies that of­fers cus­tomers clear pro­cesses and mul­ti­ple av­enues of in­for­ma­tion.

To help keep you both in­formed and or­gan­ised, we’ve cre­ated our own list of steps that will quickly have you on your way to cre­at­ing a dream home. vis­it­ing as many es­tates as pos­si­ble to get a true feel for the area. When it comes to fi­nanc­ing your new home, you’ll need to meet with a rep­utable mort­gage con­sul­tant who will help you look at your cur­rent fi­nances and de­velop a bud­get and cal­cu­late loan re­quire­ments. You’ll need to de­ter­mine how much you can com­fort­ably spend on your new home and con­sider any other costs that might be associated, such as fur­nish­ings or land­scap­ing. If it is your first home, you might be able to take ad­van­tage of the first home owner grant, which of­fers $10,000 for new homes up to $750,000 built in met­ro­pol­i­tan Vic­to­ria. will look like on the land they choose at dif­fer­ent times of the day and in dif­fer­ent sea­sons. This step can be the most ex­cit­ing, but also the most chal­leng­ing.

Like choos­ing a sub­urb, choos­ing a new-home de­sign is a very per­sonal de­ci­sion. You’ll have to con­sider the type of fa­cade you want, how many bed­rooms you’ll need, the garage size and the im­por­tance of out­door liv­ing.

Home builders have made things eas­ier with tech­nol­ogy al­low­ing you to fully un­der­stand the choices avail­able, look at each style and floor­plan and save your favourites.

Carlisle Homes, for ex­am­ple, has a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent home col­lec­tions based on size and price, mak­ing nar­row­ing your search much eas­ier.

Each house de­sign has de­tailed spec­i­fi­ca­tions and of­fers vir­tual tours.

That be­ing said, most home builders agree there is noth­ing like the real thing. Pre­pare to spend quite a few days check­ing out dis­play homes. be­cause it of­fers you the op­por­tu­nity to add per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter to your home, as well as make ad­di­tions and changes that are dif­fi­cult to do later on.

“If you have your heart set on par­tic­u­lar up­grades and you have the bud­get, it’s al­ways best to go ahead (with them),” Mr San­fil­ippo said.

“It’s much eas­ier and cheaper to get things right the first time around.”

Many home builders, such as Met­ri­con Homes, of­fer on­line “look books”, which al­low you to cus­tomise your home and scrap­book your favourite ideas and styles.

Porter Davis’ web­site in­cludes a World of Style sec­tion that of­fers a col­lec­tion of ideas from coun­tries around the globe.

It pro­vides cus­tomers with an on­line quiz to help de­ter­mine style pref­er­ences.

The builder also has a vast show­room, in South Mel­bourne, filled with ev­ery­thing from in­te­rior and ex­te­rior fin­ishes to light­ing fix­tures and win­dow cov­er­ings. where you will re­ceive a for­mal quo­ta­tion from your sales con­sul­tant, pay a de­posit and get site plans for your new prop­erty.

The con­tract for­malises all of the de­ci­sions you have made and you will also re­ceive a stan­dard Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion con­tract. Your builders will start work­ing on ap­pli­ca­tions for build­ing per­mits and or­der­ing ma­te­ri­als.

When the time comes to be­gin build­ing, the first big event will be pour­ing the slab, fol­lowed by putting up a frame. Lockup stage in­cludes the brick­work, roof­ing, plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal. The fix­ing is next, which in­volves plas­ter­ing and kitchen and bath­room fit-outs. Along the way, there will be a num­ber of in­de­pen­dent build­ing in­spec­tions.

The build time­line is spec­i­fied in your con­tract and you can of­ten take part in site vis­its and in­spec­tions dur­ing key con­struc­tion stages.

Carlisle Homes has an in­ter­ac­tive on­line tool called Carlisle Con­nect, which is de­signed to guide you through your new-home build through de­tailed videos of ev­ery build­ing stage.

Clients have ac­cess to real-time in­for­ma­tion, us­ing a unique user­name and pass­word.

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