You’ve wandered through display villages, admired the beautiful furnishings and landscaping, looked at land estates, researched endless house and land packages and finally found the perfect block of land and your dream home to build.
Now you are poised to have your plans drawn up… but, a friend has just recounted how the cost of their new home build blew out by $1,000’s or you have seen an article on a current affairs show about half finished houses, shonky builders and huge delays.
Law Property Australia through Principal, Colin Law has the experience and expertise to help you avoid all these concerns. We will make sure that you have all the information about how the process works, that you have a detailed quotation and that everything you want is included.
We will only recommend builders who we believe are able to offer the level of service, professionalism, experience and track record to actually make your building experience a breeze.
Read how choosing a Law Property Australia House and Land Package can make finding and building you new home even simpler.
At Law Property Australia, we work with our builder partners to make our House and Land Packages as comprehensive as possible. And we ensure there are no surprises. Our packages will generally include almost everything you will need to move straight in – things like floor tiles, carpets, light fittings, window coverings, security screens, driveway, fencing and more.
You can tailor your home to your exact requirements and decorate to your personal style and tastes. In your discussions with Colin Law, he will help you choose a block of land that suits the style of home you imagine or will help you select a home design that works on your land.
After that, the possibilities are endless – start thinking about kitchens, luxury bathrooms, décor, furnishings, technology, landscaping… and everything that will make your home individual.
To help you make building a breeze, we have written the Law Property Australia Building Checklist.
It lists all the things you might consider in building your home – choosing your builder, site inspection issues, ideas on selecting your design, important aspects on siting your home, how to make colour selection painless…. all set out in a straight forward checklist format.
The key to a smooth building process is to plan and finalise virtually everything up front.
Changing anything during construction will definitely cause delays and add cost. Not having all the colours and fittings selected prior to construction will also potentially cause delays and also add cost. The Law Property Australia Building Checklist lists all the things you need to consider.
Here’s a Snapshot of what’s included in the Building Checklist to get you started:
Display villages are a great starting point, but be aware that many display homes have extensive upgrades that might not be included in base prices. Builder’s web sites are also a good way to find out more about builders’ home designs and operations. You are also welcome to call Colin Law at Law Property Australia to chat about the builders we deal with and to discuss your new home needs.
Your choice will finally come down to who you feel comfortable with and who you believe you can trust. Some things you might consider:
Make sure you inspect the block with the builder and think about how the house will be sited. Take note of slope, rock, views, trees, solar orientation, services, manholes, existing fences and retaining walls, neighbouring houses, future pool position, power poles, street trees, vehicle access issues, street drainage.
As well as basic accommodation needs, think about the layout – main bedroom separate or adjacent to other bedrooms, main bedroom to the front or the rear, location of garage, open space, entertaining areas, open-plan or more formal.
Make sure that you are comparing ‘apples with apples’. Does each builder’s estimate cover everything necessary to actually complete the home? – Council fees, drafting, insurance, earthworks, drainage, retaining, tree removal, foundation upgrades, structural variations, façade upgrades, fittings upgrades.
Ensure that you are provided with a fully completed building contract, working drawings and specification with everything included prior to construction commencing.
Finalise everything before construction – bricks, roof, paint colours, floor and wall tiles, carpets, window frames, laminates, kitchen and bathroom fittings, light fittings, doors and door furniture. Make sure that specific details of any special items are included – like a non-standard oven or spa bath. The location of all electrical fittings should also be noted prior to construction.
Make sure that you meet the builder or building supervisor when your project is ready to go to site, just to go over any specific issues and answer any last minute questions or concerns you may have. There are also a number of meetings you should try to organise and attend – the builder should appreciate your involvement at a number of critical stages: