The process of building your new home
Dec 14, 2015
Building your own house can be one of the most exciting times in your life. You are creating a foundation that’s truly yours and you have the freedom to customise and tailor every detail to make your home perfect.
It makes for a more enjoyable experience when you have a better understanding of what happens throughout the building process. That’s why in this article we have outlined the different stages for you so you know the ins and outs of building a home, from buying a block of land, choosing a floorplan and signing the contract through to making colour and lighting selections with an interior designer, construction and the all-important handover.
Let’s get started!
Buying a block of land
As a general rule, always consult with a new home sales consultant before buying a block of land. Aside from finding the right location, you need to ensure the block is big enough to fit your chosen floor plan. Your builder can advise on potential costs and other issues you should be aware of before you purchase the block to minimise any unwanted surprises down the track. If you are planning any future additions like a pool, your consultant can provide you with the right advice from the outset.
Once you have found a modern house plan that’s right for you, your sales consultant will prepare an estimate that includes any changes you would like with the home design and any necessary works required for your block of land. Upon your approval of the estimate, your builder will prepare a preliminary agreement. A fee paid at this stage (deductible from the contract price of your home) covers things like soil testing, contour survey, site inspection by a qualified building supervisor, preparation of fixed price new home tender, preparation of contract documents and preparation of full working drawings.
On acceptance of the estimate, and after signing the preliminary agreement and paying the associated fee, you will be issued with a fixed price ‘new home tender’. This is the document that details all the inclusions and itemised costs for your new home, and as such provides you with an opportunity to check that everything is in order before you proceed with signing the contract.
Once you have accepted the tender, you will be issued with a HIA New Home Construction contract, along with detailed working drawings for your new home. On signing the contract you have formally accepted the contents of the tender and drawings.
Once your contract has been signed and you have paid the balance of your 5% deposit (that is, 5% of the contract price in accordance with your contract), the relevant applications will be prepared and lodged for approval with your Local Authority. Your lender will be notified when the relevant approvals have been received and your builder will keep you updated on the progress of your applications throughout the process.
This is definitely one of the most exciting parts of building a home! While the approvals are being processed, you will get to work with a professional interior designer to choose from a great range of colours and products to create a theme for your new home. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to really start customising your home and developing a theme that reflects your personal style and preferences.
Lighting and electrical selections
Like the colour selections, this also takes place while approvals are being processed and is another really exciting part of the process as it’s an opportunity to customise the new products in your home. This part will involve choosing things like lighting and electrical points, light fittings, electrical fittings, power points and USB points. A consultant will help guide you through the selection process and will make sure you know exactly what’s available to you so you can choose exactly what works for your lifestyle.
Prior to construction commencing you’ll meet onsite with your building supervisor, your main point of contact throughout the construction process, to inspect the preparation of your house pad. By now the dream is starting to become a reality as your home is officially underway!
There are 5 stages in the construction of a new home:
Stage 1 – Base
This includes level house pad excavation, foundation works, drainage pipe positioning and pouring the slab.
Stage 2 – Frame
This is all about erecting the frame and roof trusses of your new home.
Stage 3 – Enclosed
Think of this as creating the shell so that the home has a roof and walls. More specifically, this includes fascia and guttering installation, roof installation, window installation, plumbing and electrical positioning, bricklaying and cladding.
Stage 4 – Fixing
‘Fixing’ is completing the interior and exterior details of the home like plasterboard lining installation, staircase installation (two storey homes), door installation, architrave and skirting board installation, kitchen installation and wet area tiling.
Stage 5 – Practical completion
We have reached the final stage of the construction process. This is all about adding the finishing touches that make your home a real home. Painting, flooring installation, tapware installation, electrical and air conditioning installation, carpentry fitting installation and last but not least the site clean-up!
Now for the best part of all, receiving the keys to your brand new home! Your building supervisor will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with you at your new address to take you through your new home and present you with the keys. You have done it! You are now the official owner of a brand new home that you have created.
The service from your builder continues after construction is complete, whereby the builder is legally required to fix any minor items that occur within a mandatory maintenance period of 12 months in QLD and 3 months in NSW. Usually these issues are as simple as cracking to your cornices.
However this doesn’t mean the builder is required to be “on call” to visit your home during this time; you will simply need to take note of any items you encounter after handover and notify your builder of at the end of the mandatory maintenance period so the builder can inspect your home and undertake the required work at that stage.
There you have it, building a new home probably isn’t as daunting as many people think! And we can assure you that we will be there to guide you through the whole process. For any more information about building a new home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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