Hi - we purchased a block of land on the weekend, hoping to build our dream house. Does anyone have any advice on what we should be keeping in the back of our mind when selecting a builder? house design? things to be included in the tender, plans, contract(I dont know what its called) This will be my first experience building, any advice will be appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
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13-06-2012 19:24 #1Senior Member
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Has anyone built their own house?
13-06-2012 19:57 #2
Keep in mind that even if you are with a cheaper builder ... If they don't have the best rep it may bite you when you go to sell (currently my dilemma).
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13-06-2012 20:18 #3
Find a basic plan you like, and then go to lots of different builders & get quotes for that. See how willing they are to make changes, alterations, etc. to suit what you really want.
When you look at and get quotes from different builders, look at what their standard package includes, and how much choice you will have with making selections - there are some builders who are REALLY cheap, but then you have to pay extra for every little thing you want - like you only get plastic tapware, for example, and then you have to pay extra to get stainless steel. So I would personally not go with one of the el cheapo builders, because you often do get what you pay for.
When you get a quote from a builder for the base price of the house, in your budget add about $40k to the base price, for flooring, curtains, driveway, landscaping, any additional extras (like more powerpoints), etc.
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13-06-2012 20:33 #4
I think there was another similar thread on here not that long ago that gave some really good advise if you can find it... My advise is research builders and get lots of quotes. Don't just go by the display homes you like as these are packed with extras and cost way more than you would expect
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13-06-2012 20:38 #6
Don't build it yourself when you only have Saturdays to do it. It takes years.
Now seriously, check out lots of builders, look at lot's of plans. Allow a few more months than builders say it will take.
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