Building your dream home is one of the most exciting things you can do for your family. Designing the layout, the bedroom sizes, the living spaces and more mean your home will be exactly what you’ve always dreamed of.
Building a new home requires a lot of careful planning and preparation. The more effort you put in before building your home, the less likely you are to run into any problems during the building process. You won’t avoid all problems, as building a new home often doesn’t go to plan or takes longer than initially thought. So it pays to plan out as much as possible. Start your planning with the list below:
1. Figure out Your Budget:
Meet with a mortgage broker to discuss what the bank is likely to lend you to build your home and to purchase a piece of land. Perhaps you already have a deposit saved up, or you might need to sell your home for a certain amount. The mortgage broker and bank will be interested in information such as your incomes, savings and any debt.
2. Find the Perfect Piece of Land:
Your piece of land should similar boxes that buying a house would; the location and surrounding neighbourhood, the topography of the section and also the size. Flatter sections can be harder to come by and therefore more expensive, and sloping sections while cheaper, can come with extra engineering and architectural costs.
3. Talk to Building Companies:
Once you’ve secured your piece of land, you should start talking to a couple of building companies about what they can offer you in terms of designing and building your dream home, as well as their likely time frames. In this stage you should outline the key requirements of your dream home such as the number and sizes of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the perfect placement of living spaces to capture the sun. Your builder should be trustworthy and reliable, so be sure to do your research about the company.
4. Perfect Your Design:
Scour over every detail of the plans your builder has supplied you with. This is your time to refine the design so it is built exactly the way you want. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as if you ask them too late you may not be able to change the plans.
5. Pick Your Materials:
This is when your dream home starts to feel like a reality – you can choose from a whole range of different materials for your interior fit outs in the kitchen and bathrooms, exterior cladding, roofing, as well as flooring. There are also other materials to consider that may not be included in your building plans such as a driveway, landscaping and fencing.
6. Sign the Paperwork:
After all details have been agreed upon, from design to fit out, and budgets to timelines, it’s time to read and sign your contract. You can discuss it with a lawyer if you think this is necessary, and be sure to include provisions about the project running over time or if you are not happy with the finished product.
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7. Visit the Site:
Once building has commenced, you can arrange with the builder to regularly pop by the site to check on progress. This is often an exciting time as the progress between visits can be quite astounding. You can also take some pictures to document the building process to share with family and friends.
8. Final Inspection:
Once your home is complete, your builder will conduct a final inspection with you to make sure you are satisfied with their finishing and workmanship. Check all switches, handles, taps, doors, locks and latches.
9. Get Ready to Move in:
Now that most of the hard work has been done, there’s one last taxing task to complete – moving day! Rather than break your back organising the move yourself, let professional removalist company take care of moving day for you. John Ryan Removals can sort your packing and unpacking, house cleaning, as well as short and long-term storage.
10. Make the Home Your Own:
After all the furniture is moved in, you can start adding all the finer details that make a house a home. Cosy cushions and throws for the couches, photos of the family on the wall, and decorative pieces to complete the look.
11. Report Back to the Builder:
If you notice any defects, you’ve got 120 days to report these to the builder to get it sorted.
12. Enjoy Your New Home:
All the hard work is done! Now you can out your feet up and enjoy your new home.
Building a new home is a dream of many Australian families. The building process can be a little daunting, particularly if it’s your first time. Talk to the professionals to help make your dream home a reality, from design and build, right through to move in day.