Building a House | 5 Handy Tips

Building a House | 5 Handy Tips

 

  1. Budget | A project will generally cost 15-20% more than first expected, so when you allocate funds towards materials and labor, be sure to allow slightly more in each stage of the build. On top of this, there are ‘finishing costs’ which are sometimes left out of the original budget, such as landscaping (concreting, gardening etc.) and letterbox installation.
  2. Be picky | Pick the right builder. Ensure they are fully qualified and insured as you don’t want any unforeseen issues arising during the building process. Your choice should be based on personality, references, past projects, their building style and of course their price. You will work with the builder for an extended period of time, so choose wisely. Upside can help find you a suitable builder as well as provide the best products at the lowest price.
  3. Get some help! | There are grants available from the Australian Government, such as ‘First Home Owner Grant’, which can help out with the costs. Look out for other means of financial assistance.
  4. Shop around | When shopping for fittings and fixtures, seek third and fourth prices at different stores to ensure you’re getting the best price. $5-10 per item may not seem like much but if you’re strict about selection throughout the whole build, you’ll appreciate it in the end. Also, stick to similar fittings around the house - not only does it look professional but can save you money if you’re able to buy in bulk.
  5. Communication | Speak to your builder. Know what they’re up to. Even take photos of each stage of the build so you have it documented. Issues are less likely to arise if you keep in the loop with all parties.