It’s certainly an exciting prospect to build a new home that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. Especially when you get to call the shots on exactly what it will look like so it suits your individual requirements. Using a building broker will give you the best opportunity to maximise your new home investment.
But you probably have many questions in your mind, one of which might be:
What actually happens during the building process?
Like most people, you probably don’t have time to visit your building site every day or even every week to see first-hand exactly what’s going on. Here is give a brief run-down on the various stages of building.
Stage 1 – Site Survey
A land surveyor will prepare a comprehensive report detailing the contours, services, orientation, and position of neighboring properties (if relevant) for your block. Depending on your surveyor, this stage will usually take around two weeks.
Stage 2 – Home Design
This is the fun part! You meet with your house designer to work out the design requirements for your new custom home. An initial sketch is created, including elevations (external appearance) and floor plans. This will be modified until you’re happy, then a final sketch is prepared.
Stage 3 – Builder Tender
At this stage you will experience the real advantage of using a building broker. Several trusted builders are invited to tender based on your design and usually within a month you’ll receive the tenders for consideration, which will include prices and specifications. At this point you can nominate your preferred builder and they will begin with the next stage.
Stage 4 – Preparation of Plans & Contracts
Now you can begin to select colours and finishes for your home. In the meantime, in conjunction with your chosen builder, your planning drawings are created and submitted to the local council for approval. During this assessment phase the structural engineers will create their drawings and all required changes from the planners and engineers will be incorporated into your final working drawings. Now you’re ready to sign your building contracts.
Stage 5 – Pay Building Deposit
Once signing your building contract you will be required to pay your building deposit. The builder will also submit the final working drawings, engineering plans, specification and addendum along with the energy efficiency report back to local council for building license approval.
Stage 6 – Siteworks
You may have heard the term “slab down”. Before the foundation is poured, there is a lot of work to do including the excavation of the site and installation of the plumbing pre-lay. For you though, it’s an exciting time as your home is now underway and you can start to see the progress. You’ll also see a site toilet, builders sign and site shed appear on site along with a temporary power pole.
Stage 7 – Brickwork
This is when your home really begins to take shape. Interior walls, exterior walls, and whatever stairs are … READ MORE