Don’t listen to the naysayers; building a new home isn’t near as rough as people think. Provided you’re switched on and know what to look out for, you can generally make it through with pretty minimal stress.
Sadly, we can’t help much with the former, so we’ve covered the latter. Check out our top 6 tips for first home builders, to ensure that building a new home goes about as well as it possibly could.
1) See What Grants Apply to You
If you skipped the avo on toast for 3 years just to save for a deposit, you may have been starving yourself for no reason. The Australian Government offers up all sorts of grants for first home builders.
With a bit of research and the right circumstances to meet their criteria, you might be able to have your cake and eat it too.
Find out more about the Government’s grants on their website.
2) Stay in the Loop
Even the best builders will hit the odd little delay – such as waiting for the slab to harden. Delays aren’t necessarily the end of the world, but not knowing how progress is going can be.
If you know who is building your home, keep their number handy. It can help improve your morale just knowing how progress is going on your home.
3) Be Realistic About Costs and Timeframes
If you get a quote from a builder and start building, get ready for the costs to start piling up. Generally, builders won’t include any of the flash trimmings you choose down the track. So as your house is getting bigger, so is the bill.
By the same token, your house isn’t going to be up in a month. It’s important to get genuine timelines from the builders up-front and be prepared for it to take that long.
That’s one element Clarendon Homes can take care of for you. The price you pay is the price you pay. We don’t bulk up the bill as the build goes on.
4) Consider Your Finances as Building Takes Places
Don’t pour everything you have into your deposit. What happens if other bills come along at the very moment you’re stripped of cash? It’s also worth considering what will happen when you want to start making mortgage repayments but have to continue paying rent as your home is built.
First home builders won’t necessarily struggle – new houses are bought and built every day. What’s important is that you have a plan of attack once you’ve signed the dotted line.
5) Enjoy the Process
It’s not every day you get to build a house. And yes, there are challenging moments. But it’s worth stopping by the block every now and again and truly enjoying the sight of your very own home coming together.
6) Build a House You Love
This isn’t just an investment in dirt and bricks. It’s an investment in the place you’ll be calling home for the foreseeable future. So there’s no reason to buy anything other than something you love.
To make sure you’ll truly love your new home, why not walk through it? Check out your local Clarendon Homes display village and take a gander through the homes you’ve had your eye on.
Check out our Queensland display home locations to find your local.