7 Critical Questions To Ask Before Building Your New Home
Whether you’re building from scratch or demolishing and rebuilding, creating your new home is an exciting adventure in…
- Getting the exact home you’ve always wanted
- Having all the features that make everyday living comfortable and convenient
- Adding those extra touches – expressions of your personality – that make your house feel like home
- And a journey of turning your dreams into reality.
But before you begin, it is critical to understand all the steps involved in the process.
Here Are 7 Key Questions To Consider Before You Start Building Your New Home
1. What does ‘dream home’ mean to you?
Getting clarity on exactly what you want is a key first step.
Think about your wants, lifestyle needs and your ‘must have’ features.
- For instance, do you want a single or double storey house?
- How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need, and how big should they be?
- Do you need an extra-large living room?
- How about a playroom for the kids?
Having a clear picture of exactly what you want makes the rest of the planning and building process far easier.
A good way to get started is to imagine yourself walking through your new home.
Take your time. Picture your family living in the home. Look around as if you are inside a virtual world. Write down what you see.
This will become the basis of your wish list.
2. Where is your ideal location?
If you are going to be demolishing and rebuilding, then your current site is obviously right for you. But if you are building from scratch you have the opportunity to live in almost any area you want.
However, there are a few things about your site and location you need to consider.
- Is your site sloped or irregularly shaped?
- Are there easements to consider?
- Do you know the constraints on planning and r-codes?
- Is the orientation likely to cost you in energy efficiency upgrades?
- Will your home be solar passive and take advantage of good natural light, breezes and views?
Knowing this information will influence your design choices and enable you to get a home you’ll be happy with for years to come.
3. Do You Want A Custom Or A Project Built Home?
There are pros and cons to both custom and project built homes. It all depends on what you want.
Project homes are great if you find it intimidating to decide on a design for your dream home and if you are happy to ‘give a little’ on the product quality.
The problem is, project built floor plans are designed around cost savings for the builder, and force your ideas into a set design that may not easily be modified into an individual plan.
Project Builders also often charge higher margins for custom designs because they cause complications to their fluid business model. And modified floor plans can also cause some issues with compliance and have an impact on site costs.
This is why custom builders start each design from scratch according to the site.
Project homes tend to come packaged with standard fixtures, fittings and finishes and customising even small things is expensive.
Designing a custom home can take longer, but you get exactly what you want.
With a custom home you don’t have to restrict your vision. And you can turn your dream home into a reality, often for the same cost as a project built home.
4. How Much Can You Afford?
Your budget will determine where your dreams meet reality. It will guide you in your decisions and save you lots of wasted time. And it will enable you to save on certain features so you have more money to spend on things that are more important.
A design specialist can help you get the most from your budget and get the home you really want for less than you may think. Your first step with Edward Brewer Homes is a Free Design Session with one of our experienced designers.
5. What Are The Real Costs Of Building A New Home?
Many homes go over budget and take longer to build then expected (or promised) because of a lack of planning in the preparation stages, insufficient research done on site and issues with trade availability and site logistics.
It’s the hidden costs that can catch you off guard - things like construction upgrades, unforeseen site costs, engineering and cost overruns due to delays, can put you over budget before construction is even started.
When you deal with Edward Brewer Custom Homes, your contract includes all costs (with no hidden fine print) and a firm completion date so you know the full cost and timeline of your home before you sign anything.
6. When Do You Want To Move In?
Having a final date and working to a set timeframe is crucial when building a new home. Some delays can’t be avoided. But an experienced builder knows how to account for these things and push forward to finish your home on time. Make sure you and your builder are on the same page when it comes to milestones and deadlines or you could quite literally find yourself homeless.
Edward Brewer Homes guarantees to finish your home on time. Our guarantee is straight forward:
“If we don’t deliver your home on time – regardless of the weather – we will pay your mortgage repayments until our contracted works are completely finished.*”
Read more about our unique Triple Guarantee.
7. Are You Intending To Nominate Any Trades Or Owner Supplied Items?
While the process of building your dream home should be an exciting adventure, if you or the trade you have nominated to do work, doesn't know what you are doing, it can turn into a very expensive, stressful and frustrating nightmare which drags on for many months.
Edward Brewer Custom Homes trades and services are heavily vetted to ensure they meet minimum standards.
Some of these standards are as simple as tradespeople having current and appropriate insurances, qualifications and competencies.
We also check the products that go into your home have adequate warranties.
And we implement more complex quality assurances strategies like having call back measures to ensure any tasks, products and services are completed to the highest standard.
Although Edward Brewer Custom Homes understands that you may want to save some money, or have someone you know carry out some specific work during the construction process, oftentimes this ends in disaster and the small saving just isn't worth it.
If you are intending to nominate a trade or do some work yourself, talk to us about it and we will do our best to accommodate this in your project.
How To Choose A Builder
If You Do Decide To Use A Professional Builder, Here Are Three Things You Should Know Before You Sign Any Contracts
Your Builder Must Have A Strict Project Management Process
Designing and building a home is complicated and involves many people working together. Be sure to ask your builder how they manage each stage of construction to ensure everything goes smoothly with your new home.
At Edward Brewer Homes, we guide our clients through a proven process that takes you from planning your dream home all the way through to the final construction in 6 simple steps. Learn more about our unique process.
Your Builder Must Be Experienced
Although most builders have good intentions, some are simply not as skilled or experienced. In fact, many are better at selling and marketing than they are at building. And sadly, some are downright cowboys (unorganized, unethical and incompetent), The problem is, how do you tell them apart?
A great way to find out if your builder can handle your project is to ask to see past work similar to the house you’re hoping to build. If possible, speak with past clients so you know what you’re getting into before you begin.
Although display homes can be fun to browse, they rarely portray what you receive, the workmanship, the process in getting there, or how effectively a builder can deal with the various issues that come up through the project. They also increase a builder’s overheads, which means higher margins are attached to the homes they sell.
At Edward Brewer Homes we’ve been designing and building homes for the past 10 years. We have a wide range of custom homes you can see here [link to ‘See Our Work’] And we have many happy customers who will be glad to share their experience working with us. Read their comments here. [link to testimonials
They Should Guarantee Their Work
The three most common complaints people have when building a new home relate to shoddy workmanship, prices that change, and timelines that blow out. What guarantees does your builder offer in these crucial areas?
The team a Edward Brewer Custom Homes is proud to stand behind 3 rock-solid guarantees …