6 Things you must know before building your custom design home
1.Be mindful when choosing price over product.
Building your new home is one of the biggest decisions you will make, choosing a reputable builder is even bigger. If you intend to build a custom home, it is important that the builder is capable of this type of building, is reputable, and provides a high-quality finish with good communication throughout your build. Request to see examples of their previous work, addresses of these projects and other homes they have constructed, references from their clients, and if you can, speak to them also.
Ask the owners if they were satisfied with:
- Quality of workmanship
- Completion dates
- Communication with the builder
Questions to ask the builder:
(a) What is your building contractor’s license number?
You can confirm if the builder is registered with the Building Commission by checking the registration at www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au
(b) Types of insurance you have in place?
Construction insurance covers the cost of the building up until handover to the owners.
Confirm the builder has public liability for at least $10,000,000.00 Home warranty insurance as required under the Home Building Contracts Act.
(c) Can you provide references from previous homes you have completed?
Look for a builder who has established good relationships and underlying trust with their clients.
(d) Can we meet?
Select three builders with good credentials that specialise in custom built homes. Arrange to meet with them and make sure, you communicate freely with them, communication is vital.
Assume nothing and ask lots of questions.
With home owners having a limited knowledge of the building process, many builders use this to their advantage with variations for things thought to be included.
This leads to the client feeling misled and trapped, and this is a major contributor to breakdowns between the builder and the home owner. Building can be a stressful time but if communication is open and honest this will alleviate much of the stress.
From design through to building your home, you can be working with your builder anywhere from one year to one and half years, maybe even more. Getting along well and trusting your chosen builder, is or can be very beneficial as it enables you to work with the designer and engineer through the design process to bring you a complete service tailored to your needs.
2. Be mindful when choosing price over product.
Many builders spend time and money marketing the price but remove themselves from detailing product information. You need to be comfortable that you are getting everything you expect and understand the inclusions and their quality.
Some builders look at what can be taken out to deliver a cheaper final price, which effects and minimises the end finish. Builders do this knowing clients will add items back in the home to bring the final finish to a higher standard. They then charge you at a much greater rate to compensate for the initial cheaper price.
A large percentage of all home owners chasing the lowest price end up spending more than what they would have spent elsewhere.
Be guaranteed if a builder reduces their price to win your work they will be working every angle and cutting every corner to get that money back at the expense of your new home.Remember you always get what you pay for.
In recent times home design has progressed significantly. This is one of the most crucial parts of you home and you should make sure your home is designed around these key principles:
Solar Passive Design Home is designed to utilise the sites natural assets to provide comfort all year round.
Address the scope and scale to ensure the house suits the site and its surroundings.
Energy Efficiency Incorporate simple design measures and smarter construction to reduce the energy costs to run a home.
The design needs to accommodate your everyday needs and lifestyle. You should look to engage an architectural designer that will best suit your requirements but also incorporate the above principles to achieve the best outcome possible on your proposed site.
4. Think for the future.
With rising utility costs, it would be a perfect time to include some simple design measures to counteract the increasing costs of running a home.
Your builder should encourage you to think of everything you may want or plan to have in the future. Whether these are incorporated into the home during construction or provisions made so they can be included later. We must be smarter moving into the future.
5. Have a contingency sum.
Many home owners focus on the wants instead of the needs and lose sight of the fundamentals.
These decisions can exhaust funds and leave nothing in reserve for unforeseen expenses.
Consider having a contingency sum for things usually outside the scope of the building contract like:
- Retaining walls
- Fencing & gates
- Swimming pool
- Light fittings
- Window treatments
- Floor coverings
- New furniture
6. Custom home vs established home.
The easy option for home owners is to simply buy an established home to avoid the time and perceived stress related to building a new home.
Below are some advantages of building a new custom designed home:
Thousands of dollars can be saved on stamp duty when you build as you only pay stamp duty on the land not the house and land combined.
Older homes can suffer from poor design and minimal energy efficiency values meaning they will be costly to run.
New homes are embracing smarter technology, which appeals to the changing generations.
Older homes are often poorly insulated and add to the home owners heating and cooling expenses.
Making your decision.
Once you have completed your own research, you will be more comfortable with your selected builder and be better informed on the choices you can make when creating your home Building & Design Pty Ltd are specialists in building custom homes and can assist you in designing and building your home. Call now on 9250 6188 for an obligation free consultation.