If you’re venturing into the world of home-building, then at Novus Homes, we applaud you. Not only will you get the home of your dreams in a location you desire, it should also sit within a budget you can afford if you handle the process correctly, of course!
Any house move is filled with excitement and opportunity, and if you are going to be creating your own from scratch, these feelings will be of even greater magnitude. It might also be somewhat of a daunting prospect too! But fortunately, there is so much support available to help you navigate the process and avoid any significant potential issues.
To start with, have a read of our checklist of things to keep in mind when building a new home in Perth, and you can hopefully sail through it all with ease. Read on to find out more:
Plan your finances
Crucial in any size of project whatsoever, there will be few things more important than getting the money side of your house-build right. This is most likely to be the biggest purchase you ever make, and given how many variables are involved, you don’t want to make any mistakes or miss any big things out. The financial stress of a house-build project can be huge if you end up going well over-budget or have no contingency for unforeseen circumstances. Whilst it is always likely to be a stretch, if you plan carefully, the project should all be manageable.
Think about your lifestyle
The house will need to suit your lifestyle goals, so you need to carefully think about what you want out of it. If it is lots of outdoor entertaining you want to do, then you need to ensure your deck space and facilities can accommodate it. Or you may have a family that necessitates an open-plan Hamptons-style home. How many bedrooms do you need – will you be growing your family at any point or do you have regular guests come to stay? Whatever it is you want from your life, you need the house to accommodate it.
Decide where you want to live
Whilst you might not stay in the same job forever, you will still need to think about practicalities such as commute time. And the same goes for local schools if you have children or are planning to have them. Do you want to be nearer to (or further away from!) family and what local amenities are there for you to enjoy? All these should have a bearing on where you buy your plot of land – this type of project is supposed to enrich your life not make it harder or less pleasurable, so they need to be carefully considered.
Pick your builder wisely
You and your builder will have a very long relationship over the course of a full house-build, so it is imperative you pick them carefully – and don’t just take cost into consideration. The lowest bidder might seem the most appealing, particularly if you are on a strict budget, but you need to take many more factors into consideration. Do they have experience of a project of this magnitude? Who else do they work with in terms of other suppliers and are there any waiting lists that will hold up the move-in date? It will be advisable to ask for recommendations from people you trust, use social media and independent review sites to verify their reputation. If you are in any doubt, you can even contact trade associations to ask for suggestions. In addition to their suitability to the project, you should also consider suitability to you. Do they communicate well, and do they seem to understand your vision? If you are wildly different in approach, certain things may get lost in translation which can pose design and style issues in the long run. Try to find someone you gel with to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Do the right admin
Admin might be the last thing you want to do – you might just want to get going – but it is a crucial step in a project of this size. You need to ensure that legally, everything is on good order so that you don’t end up in difficulty when miscommunication occurs later on. Have it laid out very clearly exactly what you are getting for your money, agreed timescales and so on. This could save plenty of hassle for you later down the line. And don’t worry, there are templates and suggested contracts readily available for you to use.
Building your family’s home will be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Try to make it as painless as possible by asking for the right advice from those in the know and following it!