Building a New House in Sydney - Deciding Between Builders
Every home builder is a bit different, you want to compare them to find out which one you
would like to build a house for you. We give you tips on what questions to ask to find
out exactly what you are getting and which deal suits you best.
Often, each builder has a certain style that will be carried through
their entire range of homes. Note what you like and what you don't like and
you may narrow down your list of builders significantly
A display home will generally have two prices associated with it - the
base price and the "as displayed" price. In other words, the features included
in the house for the price you are being quoted are often simply not as nice
as what you are seeing on display. Check what you are actually getting and
compare the homes you are considering on the basis of that.
Note that some features of a display homes are simply not included at all
in the price of the home. Examples include flooring, window coverings and light
fittings. Find out costs of such features and factor them into your budget.
The pricing system of a house varies from one builder to another.
Features that may be included by default by one builder may cost extra when
included by another builder. It won't necessarily be the case that one builder
will automatically include much more than another, but the features included
will often be different - ask lots of questions to find out exactly what is
included, that way you'll know which builder automatically includes the
maximum number of features that you specifically want.
The pricing system of a house can be complicated. Be prepared to visit
a few builders more than once to get a full understanding of what you are
getting for your money.
Builders constantly have special offers running. For example, one
builder may offer a choice of several features of which one can be included
for free. These can overlap with default or additional features provided
by a different builder. Be sure to factor in these special offers when
comparing different builders.
Even after comparing pricing systems, included features and any extra
features you want, the final cost of the home is affected by your block of
land. For example, the slightest slope to the ground will require cutting
or filling, a cost not included in the base price. Any significant fill
can create a need for piers to be placed into the ground - another extra
cost. Removal of trees will cost extra. All of this can cost as little as
a thousand dollars or two, or much much more. You will not know what these
extra costs are until the builder has done a survey
of your block and prepared a preliminary plan. The survey and plan will most
likely cost you money - usually a deposit that is then counted towards the
total cost of the home. Try to avoid paying more than one lot of fees for
this stage of the analysis and figure out everything else you can that
would help you decide on a builder.
Ask the builder how long it will take to build the house. Some will take
a few months longer than other - and this will not always mean they do a better
job. The longer it takes to build your house, the longer you may be paying
rent to stay where you are while waiting to move in.
Make sure your budget covers features that will only be decided once
contracts are signed. For example, the base cost of a house only permits
a certain number of power points and light fittings. It also only covers
the most basic types of taps, towel rails and benchtop materials. The choice
of building materials is limited - you may need to pay extra to get a
type of brick you reasonably like. Check what options are included in
the base cost. Check what sort of price range is attached to upgrading
the features that are particularly important to you.
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