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.