Building a new home can be an exciting yet sometimes confusing experience, especially if it’s your first time.
With so many decisions to make, questions to ask and things to research, it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed. But with the right knowledge and the right guide; your build journey can be fun and hassle free.
Easystart has put together a handy 6 step new home build guide to help you easily navigate each stage, so you feel prepared along the way.
Step 1: Choose your land
We recommend finding out what you can afford before looking for your block of land as this will determine the location and the size of the block you wish to buy. Once you know what you can afford, you can begin the search for your perfect first block - most builders have house and land packages that they offer across Perth and the South West or your preferred builder can help find the right block for you.
Step 2: Choose your builder
Choosing the right builder to build your brand new dream home is incredibly important. If you choose the right builder it will ensure that the process is a smooth, stress free partnership and of course a quality finished home.
Make sure that you do your research, search sites such as Product Review and social media for reviews and speak to friends, family or colleagues about their experiences building. Visit display homes and meet with builders one-on-one.
Step 3: Choose your home design
This is where the real fun begins and you begin to see your brand new home take shape. Choosing a design that best fits your lifestyle now and into the future is important. Some questions to ask yourself include:
- Is this house a home I plan to raise children in?
- Are there separate living zones for parents and young children?
- What do you want most out of your new home?
- What is your lifestyle? Do you entertain a lot?
- What areas of the home are most important? Eg. A big kitchen for entertaining guests?
Talk to your builder about how they can help create or amend a house design to best suit your lifestyle.
Step 4: Prestart
Once you have chosen a builder, signed a contract and confirmed your house design, you can begin the prestart process. This is where the real fun begins.
This stage is where you choose all the finishes, colours, fittings and materials for your brand new home. It also involves finalising the plumbing, electrical and internal plans of the home.
An expert client administrator will guide you through the prestart process; they will help you figure out exactly how you plan to use your home, ensuring it reflects your personal style and lifestyle needs. While sticking to a budget is important when building some changes to your home design are much harder once it is built so it is best to incorporate what you really want during prestart before it’s too late.
Step 5: Let the building begin
Your finance is sorted, plans are finalised and you’ve gone through prestart, now it’s onto the main event, the build.
This is an exciting time where you can watch your first home being built from the ground up. On average, a single storey home will take 24 to 26 weeks to complete, while a double storey build is dependent on its size.
Here is a rundown of the steps involved:
Slab: Once the all the plans are confirmed and the surveyor’s work is finalised and checked, your slab gets poured and your bricks are delivered. The engineered slab comprises of all the house but not the garage and driveway. Once poured, the slab needs time to cure before we can proceed with the rest of the build.
Bricks, door and window frames: The building of walls and the installation of windows and door frames are next on the list. The length of time for this step to be complete depends on the size of the home and weather conditions. However, generally speaking it usually takes one to two weeks to complete.
The next stage in your building journey is where the house really takes shape with the installation of the roof frame and roof, then ceilings are installed and walls are plastered.
Next, windows are glazed, doors are installed and the next stage is one of the most exciting: lock-up!
Step 6: Lock up
At the lock-up stage, finishing trades come in to do their jobs. This includes the installation of kitchen, laundry and bathroom cabinetry, as well as all tiling, plumbing and electrical work.
Next on the list is the painting of door frames and ceiling cornices. Shower screens and mirrors to bathrooms are next installed, as well as kitchen appliances.
Once the finishing trades have completed their work, the site supervisor books your practical completion and you get to walk through your home and note down items – if any - that need attention.
Then the builder has 10 working days to rectify anything, and once the final payment is made the keys to your brand new home are all yours – all you have to do now is plan the house warming!
Have any questions about this process? Contact one of our first home experts.