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    Default Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    We are thinking about building on a small/medium size block of land (440 sq)Financially we can afford the block and house, however it's all the extras I'm unsure about. If you have built recently, what extras did you pay for and approx how much?


    - concrete/driveway (smallish area)
    - flooring (tiles, 28 sq home)
    - air con
    - curtains/blinds. Maybe sheer/block Hollands
    - fence. (back / side) 17m x 22m

    - extra foundation / slight 2m slope




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    Default Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    As a very general guide the builder gives a starting price for the base build and then you need to budget a further $50ish thousand to finish everything.

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    Default Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    It all depends on who you build with, the main things you have to think about that are usual extras ontop of the advertised build price is
    Foundations - some companies have this added inthe build price some don't.
    Does the block have water and sewerage on it if not you will be paying more or bigger tanks and a hatp system.
    The price of floorin if not in the price legally you only have to have the wet areas tiled( bathrooms tiles and laundry)
    Window coverings - if in the package these are usually builders style and very cheap.
    Check the electrical plan as the outside lighting is usually very basic and you might want to put more in easier to do it at drawing I the plan stage then after
    For your landscaping if driveway are not included most of the time it's cheaper to get it done by yourself then by the builder same with the turf ect as builders have to maintain these before handover
    Hope I have answered some of your questions
    I have worked in construction forever with major building company's so if you have any other questions let me know

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    Thanks guys !

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    The foundations for that slope might be a financial money pit. It really depends on what you need to do ... build up the slope & create a retaining wall or dig down into the slope to lay a flat slab. You'll want soil sampling done to help work out price estimates ... if you're building on rocky soil it's obviously very different to sandy soil.

    For aircon it depends on what you want. But it's cost us about $800 for installation for each of our split systems and the units have cost anywhere between $400 and $2000 each.

    Curtains/blinds are quite an expense. There's a good reason why people have sheets/etc in the windows. If you're thinking curtains with block out backing you're looking at probably $300 for a 600mm wide window and the price goes up from there. For blinds it all depends on your windows. If they are standard size you can get cheaper blinds than if you need the blinds trimmed to size in any way. It's worth the expense to get someone to install them for you, don't be tempted to do it yourself. A window or two is ok, but installing blinds in every window in your house would be a massive job.

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    Default Re: Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    The 'upgrades' (site costs, higher ceilings, adding built ins, extra toilet, linen cupboards etc) with the builder were an extra $55k and another $80k for driveway/paths, ducted air, patio, carpet/tiles, curtains, extra electrical, solar panels, basic landscaping.

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    Default Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    Go to the builder and get a quote. They will outline all the extras you need and the cost to you if you do them all through the building company. Don't get the extras through the builder tho as they add on their cut to the price. Extras like aircon, driveways, curtains,flooring ect are a lot cheaper if you get them done privately after handover.

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    Default Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    Concrete and driveway- almost 20k
    Blinds- 7k
    Landscaping- 7k
    Fencing - 3k

    We also had raised ceiling, stone features etc etc that added up!!!!! Depends what u r after! Good luck

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    Default Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    We had a townhouse built off the plan with everything included - much easier to budget for.

    The only additional major upfront expense we had that I can help you with was blinds - we paid $5k installed, cash price. This was for block-out roller blinds.

    You could buy ready-made or try and do them yourself, but I don't recommend that. Best to put the cash aside and get them done properly.

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    Default Added extras ontop of building a house, can you help?

    We are building in 2013 and have budgeted $90k for our own fit out (large house) which includes decking, fencing, landscaping, timber flooring, tiling, carpets, laundry fit out, kitchen fit out, air con, window treatments , internals in the wardrobes and WIR, additional lighting and electrical works, putting storage into the garage etc etc
    Plus another $20k for new furniture and appliances as we're moving to a bigger house.


 

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