- Do your research
Start the build off on the right foot by getting an idea about what you’re after. Do your research and really pay attention to what you like the look of or if you’re in others’ homes which areas of their house you’d like to include in your own home.
You can look online to find which styles you prefer or even in person by going to other houses, your friends, walking by houses in your area or even going along to open homes. Properties on the market can give you a great idea of what’s in style and what could work functionally for you.
2. Keep the future in mind
Houses are a long term investment and you’ll have different needs in your home as the years go on. Anything you build should have the next 10 years in mind. In the next 10 years will you:
Have kids? The home will need to include enough rooms, space to play or even a separate playroom from the living room.
Have teenage kids? Adding an extra living space where your teenagers can get some space or hang out with their friends
Have a pet or two? Then you’ll need a comfortable sized outdoor space.
Will you be going into retirement? In this case making a larger one storey house will be utilised more long term than a two storey house.
Each of these scenarios are important to consider because it will make a huge difference in the type of new home that you end up with.
3. Do you want a bigger home or a bigger backyard?
With all sizes of land there’s always a question of whether you’d prefer to have a larger home that takes up more of the land or a smaller home so that you can have a larger yard.
Another reason to consider the available space is for a potential secondary residence or granny flat later down the track. You’ll need to allow enough space for that to happen when you start building.
4. Entertaining guests
You’ll be able to find day-to-day comfort in any home but when you bring others in to entertain it can get a bit trickier. Consider the layout of your alfresco area or an open kitchen plan that leads into the dining room. You could even create a window in the kitchen that opens out onto the outdoor area. Leave enough room to walk around comfortably without climbing over each other to walk to the next room.
5. Consider resale value
If you plan on later selling the property, ensure that what you spend on the house doesn’t exceed the estimated sale value – you want to make a profit!
Talk to your builder about what upgrades can be added to increase the value of your home, and what features are popular in the current market. Upgrading your home during the building process, rather than later on, will save you a lot of money when you’re ready to sell.
6. Have a plan B
When choosing things like tiles, plumbing hardware, pendant lights, marble benchtops, flooring or other extras, always have a good ‘second choice’ in mind in case your 1st option is out of stock or discontinued. Be prepared because this can happen a lot in the building industry, and you don’t want to be left with an option you chose in a panic.
7. Unexpected delays
Delays during a build can happen for all sorts of reasons. Some of these being, materials are out of stock or being shipped internationally, equipment isn’t available when needed or council approval is extended. These unforeseeable delays aren’t things that will alter the end result, but if you’re expecting them they won’t be a shock.
Do you have any other things you would like to find out before building? Let us know by getting in touch with our team today.