The planning process
Do your homework before you start.
Do find out the positives and the pitfalls of building and learn what is behind these.
Use the Internet – this is a great tool to research plans, companies etc.
Build up a scrapbook of ideas you would like included in your new home.
If at all possible – DON’T RUSH THINGS.
Visit as many Show Homes and Open Homes as you can to gain ideas.
Talk to others who have built – including those who have built with a company you might be looking to build with.
Listen to advice – this can seem unnecessary at the time, but a home planner will have some very wise ideas and recommendations.
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and question. This, after all, is your home and you will be the one living in it.
If it takes 10, 15, 25 versions to get your home plan to what you want, so be it. Once the decision is made it starts getting costly to make changes.
Check room sizes before finalising your plan – measure their size against ones in a home you like.
Be prepared for frustrations – this could be in the form of an ‘objecting’ neighbour, covenants in place.
Don’t forget to organise Insurance cover.