Building a new home can be exciting, daunting and confusing all at the same time.
With so many decisions to make, questions to ask and things to research, it is easy to feel overwhelmed about the idea of building.
However, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience – in fact, with the right knowledge and the right guide; your build journey can be fun and hassle free.
Easystart have put together a handy step by step timeline of the build process to help you easily navigate each stage, so you feel prepared along the way.
- Choose your land
We’re assuming that you have already read our Finance article which covers everything you need to know about home finance - If not, you can read that article here. We recommend finding out what you can afford before looking for land as you will have a better idea on 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 block of land - most builders have house and land packages that they offer across Perth and the South West or you can find your ideal block and choose a builder second.
Either way, be sure to choose a block of land that will suit not only your current but future needs. Here’s a handy article on how to choose your homes location.
- Find a 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 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. Our how to choose a builder article has many more tips to help you make the right decision.
- 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.
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.
- 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 home being built from the ground up.
On average a single storey home will take 24 to 26 weeks to complete, while the length of time a double storey home takes 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. How long this takes is dependent on weather conditions.
Bricks, door and window frames: The building of walls and installation of window 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!
- 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!