19 Nov Building a New Home – A Checklist
Building a home is the great Australian Dream
Designing and building a new home specifically to your wants and needs is the great Australian Dream. All home owners have at some stage dreamt of building their own home, complete with all the fittings and furnishings that you love most.
There are so many things to consider; the architectural style, materials, energy efficiency, layout, furnishings, the suppliers and tradespeople, the list goes on. So where do you start when planning to build a new home? With a new home build checklist, of course!
1. Work out what you can afford:
Talk to your bank or mortgage broker about the amount you can afford to spend on a piece of land and on a new home build. Your budget will dictate all future decisions around the layout, materials and fittings. You may have to sell your home for a certain price to be able to afford to build, so it’s best to discuss all options at the bank.
2. Pick a piece of land:
Choose a suitable block of land that ticks as many boxes as possible; location, size, topography and price. While a sloping section might be cheaper than a flat section, you’ll spend more on engineering and architectural costs to build on such a section.
3. Choose a builder:
You can talk to several different builders and companies to discuss your desires for your new home. Before you settle on a builder, check they are registered with the Building Practitioners Board. They must also provide a current certificate of domestic building insurance for your protection.
4. Design your home:
Once you’ve decided on the builder, they can help you design the home of your dreams. Be sure to include your must-haves; indoor-outdoor flow, an ensuite and walk in wardrobe, a private garden, or a double garage, the number of bedrooms and so on.
5. Choose your materials:
This includes your exterior cladding, roofing materials, bathroom and kitchen fitouts, flooring and more. During this process, you should also be thinking about other materials you will need to account for to finish your home outside of what the builder can offer. For example, landscaping, a driveway, and furnishings.
6. Read and sign your contract:
Once you’ve decided on the design, materials, and fittings you can afford, and are happy with the plans the builder has provided, you’ll need to sign the contract. Make sure there are provisions in the contract for if the build runs over schedule, or if you are not happy with the workmanship. Only sign if or when you understand every aspect of the contract.
7. Future-proof your new home:
You should also consider additions to your home that will ensure its longevity. One such item is gutter protection. By installing gutter protection such as gutter guard mesh, you can ensure your gutters will be kept clear from debris so water can flow freely. This will prevent your gutters from sagging, rotting and rusting over time.
8. Monitor the build
Once the contract has been signed and the building work has commenced, you should regularly check in with the builder and visit the site to ensure they are keeping to schedule. During these visits, you can make sure you are happy with the quality of the workmanship, and of the progress.
10. Inspect the build at final handover
Before you move in, the builder should take you through the home for a final inspection so you can make sure you are happy with their work before they hand it over. Check things like flooring, fittings, door handles, light switches, cabinetry and so on.
11. Move into your new home
Here’s the fun part, filling your new home with all your furnishings and make it feel like home!
12. Report any defects
You will typically have 120 days to report any defects with the builder.
If you’ve decided to build a new home, you’re in for a tiring, yet incredibly rewarding experience. Building a new home requires comprehensive focus, research, and hard decisions every step of the way, so it pays to engage with professionals that know their stuff.
Talk to Aussie Gutter Protection for a comprehensive gutter protection plan to ensure your home and gutter system is protected long term.