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There are many builders to choose from so it is a good idea to make a list of the main features you want in the home and how much you can afford to pay. Before you go to the display home make a strong list of what you want in a home.

  • Would you like a single or two storey home?

  • How many bedrooms?

  • How many bathrooms?

  • What living space do you need?

  • Do you want an open plan kitchen?

  • What are your storage requirements?
These are just some of the questions you might list. Once you have a good idea what you are looking for you can visit the various new home display villages to choose a builder.

  • As you go around the village take notes on the homes you like.

  • Get a good idea of the various options available with the design.

  • Can you add a rumpus?

  • What faade options are there?

  • Do you get a choice of colours and so on.

  • You may see a design that you really like but does not fully met your criteria, find out how much addition and extras will cost.

  • How you want the home to look from the street will determine the type of faade you will be looking for and whether you want a rendered or exposed brick finish.

It is critical for the choice of builder and home design to remember these things whilst you look around;

  • The shape and size of your block of land

  • Characteristics such as the grade of slope

  • Access for delivery of building materials

  • Orientation of the house

  • Views and neighbours


Construction

The builder should be able to give an idea of how long it would take to complete the home ready for occupation. This will vary between builders, as some are busier than others. Obtain some names of customers who have built with the builder to see if they have a good record of customer service.

What guarantees and warranties does the builder offer?

Finance

When you obtain the price get a list of inclusions for the home. Don't presume it will be the same as the display home as there are often items on display that are not included.

Once you have a design, you really like, be ready to negotiate a special deal. It may well be the builder will include a bonus. Many of the builders have special offers on for a limited time.

Although you may have organised your home finance check to see if the builder has a finance package that may be better.


Checklist.

  • Make a list of the features you want in a home before you start looking.

  • Be a bit flexible in your requirements.

  • Think about how you want the home to look in the street.

  • Make sure you have the measurements and characteristics of your block of land handy.

  • Take notes on the homes you like.

  • Check what is included in the price of the home.

  • How long will it take to build the home?

  • Don't presume the display home is what you get. Check the inclusions.

  • Look for special deal.

  • Check to see if there is special home finance deals available from the builder.

  • Check the builder's record.


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