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6 Things You Should Consider When Building A New Home

Tuesday April 30, 2019

Many people dream of building a new home. There are so many things to consider!

When thinking about a future dream home there is no lack of enthusiasm and ideas. You may have come to this decision after looking at houses in your area and not finding a match. So in this new journey that you decided to come through there are a few points that if you pay attention to, for sure, will save a lot of your time, money and effort. In other words, tips that will avoid your dream home turning into a construction nightmare.

Be aware of your needs and goals

When thinking about building a new house we are talking about an investment. Even if we are talking about your vacation house, it is still an investment: in your happiness, quality time and health. In order to have your needs fulfilled, you need to be aware of your goals and needs for this new home. And not only yours, but from the other family members. There are some questions you may want to ask yourself and keep those answers in mind to help you through your future decisions.

  • Is my family growing?
  • Do I plan to sell it in the future?
  • Do I want the builder to handle everything, from buying construction materials to building, or do I prefer to buy the materials by myself?
  • What are my key criteria? How many rooms do I need? Which type of construction material (sustainable or non-sustainable) do I intend to use? Do I want maximized use of natural light?

Pick the right builder

This might be one of the most important decisions you make in the home building process. Especially if you have no previous experience building. This decision is really important because you will be working really closely with your builder throughout the process and your overall building experience is largely determined by your relationship with them. Do your homework before you make your decision.

Make sure your builder is licensed and authorised. Check into the builder’s past work, don’t be afraid to ask the builder for references before you sign a contract. Have a look into some of the houses the builder has finished in the past and make sure their quality is high. Take a look into their portfolio and check if their previous designs suit your style. Above all, make sure you are comfortable with them and that you communicate well because this is what will ensure your home will be as good as it is in your dreams. Remember hiring the wrong builder can be a horrendous experience.

Communication is key

With good communication, you will be able to avoid many problems during the building process. It’s really important to clearly explain what you want, what you expect and talk about the details that are key to you. Having an open dialogue with your builder will make the construction process run much smoother. Many mistakes happen simply because of miscommunication. Don’t assume anything, explain, show pictures, go into details and double check if it was well understood.

Collate your favourites

Try to think about your new home. Visit popular websites on home designs, visit Pinterest, take photos of houses you have seen on the street and collate your favourite ones. Have a clear idea about whether you need a single story, double or multi-story home. This move will immensely help you to get the perfect design. With all those references in hand, your home builder will analyse everything and plan with you the perfect home type according to your preferences, needs, site, budget, and technical details.

Go for a 3D view

No matter how many tips you follow before starting or giving your nod to begin the construction phase, there is nothing better than having a 3D view of your new home. This will offer you an accurate idea of the home layout. There are several free design applications that you can use to create a 3D view. However, you can easily find home builders who offer building information modelling (BIM) services that involve the creation of 3D models.

Keeping records: photos, photos, and more photos

You might want to know how your future new home is going and if everything is being built according to the time frame you expected. Also, it’s part of your family history and it’s cool to look back on the progress that was made. So it is really nice to have a lot of photos from your home while it was being built. A different and more efficient alternative is look for builders that provide drone footage so that you can follow up everything without really having to visit the construction site and take the photos yourself or ask someone to do so. With photos you can hide a few things here and there, while with drones, you are able to see everything.

Remember, building a new home requires incredible patience and dedication. Building a home without professional help can not only lead to project cost escalation, selection of poor quality construction materials, but also non-adherence to local laws. So, the job is best done by home builders who have adequate expertise, as well as the right kind of tools and resources to execute such a huge task.

Furthermore, your home must comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and this can prove daunting for someone with no prior experience in building construction. So, it is better to hire an experienced home builder. If you are planning to build your new home in South Australia, there is no shortage of home builders in Millicent that can build your new home within your budget while complying with all the necessary laws and codes.

For further advice or any questions you have, feel free to contact us.