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    Default Building in a housing estate

    My dh & I are considering building in a housing estate through a major builder, but we're a bit wary of the hidden costs & the actual timeframe.

    Assuming we buy land, then choose a house design/builder (rather than going down the route of the house & land package) how long does it usually take from agreeing to buy the land to actually starting a build? A lot of the homes we've looked at say things like "20 week build guarenteed", but how long is the lag time (usually) from actually buying the land to starting the build? My guess was around 6 months, is that what other people have found?

    And what are the hidden expenses of building in a housing estate? I know there are hidden expenses with the big builders and I need to scour the fine print and see what is 'extra' and what that costs. But, what about the actual estate? Are there ongoing fees to live in an estate, or is that all included in the initial land price? Are there different taxes that apply or different rates due to it being an estate?

    And how does building from a big company (eg. Metricon, Porter Davis) work in terms of personalising your own house? I know they have set options when it comes to carpet, flooring, lighting, etc. But, what about things like kitchen appliances? Can you choose whatever oven you want? Can you put split system air conditioners in whatever room you want or do you have to do this after the builder finishes? And what about paint? I know most of them only offer a single paint colour throughout the house, but what if you want a different colour in a room, or a feature wall somewhere? Do you need to wait til the house is finished then get your own painter in, or can you pay more to get the different paint done along the way?

    And how does the process work with a big builder? Do you sit down at the start of the build and choose the paint colours, kitchen cabinets, flooring, window coverings, etc or do you do that at stages along the way?

    Thanks. Sorry for all the questions.

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    One thing I would suggest is get your own painter. I live with a painter and have heard horror stories about new houses. It's cheap and easy to paint so they employ cheap and easy painters .

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