Ready, set, go! You’ve made the exciting decision to build a new home, and it’s time to get cracking. So, where do you start? As with all major projects, the key to success lies in the planning. In this post, we outline a 10-point building a house checklist to assist you in planning a stress-free home build.
Number 1 – Finance
Make sure your finance and personal budget are sorted before you start looking to build. A pre-approval from your lender, coupled with a sensible budget, will clarify what you can afford. A pre-approval also indicates to a professional builder that you’re serious about building.
Number 2 – Location
Pinpoint the location where you want to build. Once you’ve decided on a location, you can then contact builders who work or specialise in that geographic area. Professional builders with local knowledge are invaluable: they will understand the soil types, wind factors and positioning aspects of the area; as well as any Local Council or government regulations.
Number 3 – Land
Select a block of land which is suitable to build on. If your block is difficult to access, or has problematic soil (rocky or highly-reactive), your site preparation costs will be higher. Likewise, a sloping block is more expensive to prepare. When buying land, get a professional opinion or consider a house and land package.
Number 4 – Builder
Select a reputable builder with a proven track record. Building a new home is a major financial and emotional undertaking. Therefore you need to choose an experienced, reliable builder. That’s why more people place their trust in G.J. Gardner Homes – Australia’s