The plan­ning process

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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.

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