BUILD­ING A HOUSE FROM SCRATCH

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Build­ing a brand new house can be daunt­ing, es­pe­cially when it comes to bud­get­ing for ev­ery­thing you want.

NSW sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager for Claren­don Homes Tim Red­way says there are sev­eral costs to look out for af­ter you’ve found a house you love for your block, such as the Madi­son 38 (right).

“You have the base house price, which is pub­lished, but that doesn’t ac­count for site costs (of your land) and they can vary a lot de­pend­ing on the slope of the site, and how big it is and the soil type,” he says.

Get­ting a site in­spec­tion gen­er­ally costs about $1,000, re­sult­ing in a re­port on the ac­tual cost of build­ing on your site.

“You only have to spend $1,000 to get all that in­for­ma­tion and the builder can’t re­nege on that,” he says. “If it is a dif­fi­cult site, it’s of­ten a sur­prise to all of us.”

Sec­ond and third home builders are of­ten in­ter­ested in up­graded fit­tings and fix­tures, which can add up.

“Un­ex­pected costs can be fa­cades, which cost be­tween $5,000 and $50,000,” Tim says. “If you want cer­tain fin­ishes on the fa­cade, that can add be­tween $2,000 and $20,000.

“Look at the elec­tri­cal plan. We al­low one power point per room but a lot of peo­ple now want ex­tra data points or down­lights.

“Floor­cov­er­ings can add ex­tra if you have your heart set on some­thing and bath­room tiles can add up if you want some­thing dif­fer­ent such as Car­rara mar­ble — and if you have three bath­rooms then the costs will go up ac­cord­ingly.”

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