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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.

We will guide you through the process:

  • Show you a selection of land
  • Explain how everything works
  • Show you display homes
  • Introduce you to the builder
  • Make sure you get a comprehensive quote
  • Introduce you to finance brokers
  • Help with processing contracts
  • Stay on hand to help at any time during building

AND, you don’t have to pay for our services!

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.

Remember why you decided to build—it’s a great alternative!

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.

Building Checklist

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.

So, how can you help make everything run smoothly?

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:

How do I choose a builder?

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:

  • Do they communicate well? Good administration and construction systems?
  • Can they give you with a comprehensive up-front estimate?
  • Are they members of the Master Builders Association and/or the Housing Industry Association?
  • Do a Queensland Building and Construction Commission licence search.
  • Look at various web based consumer feedback sites?
  • Testimonials?
  • Quality of display homes?
  • Does the estimate include everything – like Council fees, earthworks, retaining walls, all upgrades and variations, and reasonable allowances for prime cost items?

The land

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.

The design

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.

The estimate

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.

The contract

Ensure that you are provided with a fully completed building contract, working drawings and specification with everything included prior to construction commencing.

Colour selection and electrical layout

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.

During 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:

  • just prior to earthworks
  • prior to kitchen being measured – talk to cabinet maker
  • prior to painting
  • prior to floor tiling
  • prior to concreting of driveway and other external works
  • prior to handover

General

  • Be organised – start a file
  • Keep notes of meetings
  • Keep lines of communication open