5 essential home-building tips for first-time owners

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Building a home in Perth doesn’t need to be a frightening experience for first-time homeowners. Here are five tips for a stress-free home-building process from start to finish.

Educate yourself

Before you begin this adventure, educate yourself about what it takes to build your own home, from choosing a good piece of land to hiring a reliable builder to ensure that your dream home is exactly like you envisioned it. Arming yourself with the right knowledge will help make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and avoid disappointments along the way.

Make a detailed budget

Work with your builder and other contractors to determine the estimated cost of the project so that you can arrange the required funds. Make a detailed budget (with the help of a professional estimator if needed) and find a reputable contractor who will build the property within your budget and timeline.

An important point overlooked by many first-time homeowners is that the actual cost of the house will most likely exceed the builder’s estimate, which doesn’t take into account costs such as utilities (electricity, gas, water, wi-fi, etc.), landscaping, window coverings, fencing, and so forth. To avoid stress later, take the time to include all such costs in your budget.

Don’t compromise on quality

Your home is a lifetime asset, so don’t scrimp on materials even if it means going a little over your initial budget. Poor-quality materials, fittings, and fixtures will require early repairs or replacement, affecting your quality of life in your newly-built home. That said, there is no harm in finding ways to save money by avoiding unnecessary expenditure. A good way to go about this is to get material and fitting quotes from multiple vendors and look for affordable alternatives to luxury fittings.

If this sounds like too much work, simply meet with your builder to discuss how the total cost can be brought down without compromising on quality. A good builder will be happy to help you with alternatives. The article https://www.novushomes.com.au/blog/how-do-i-choose-best-builder-perth offers valuable information on how to choose a reliable home builder.

Look for a full-service builder

Entrust the project to a builder that can offer the complete range of services, from home design to construction, as this will make it easier for you to keep track of progress, request modifications if needed and have a one-stop-shop for all your needs. This is even more important if you lead a busy life and can’t follow up with multiple teams. Comprehensive service from one building company will enable you to have greater control over the project.

Avoid rookie builders

Don’t fall for a construction company that promises to build your home in a very short time. This could be because they don’t have that many projects on hand or because they’re not inclined or equipped to build a high-quality home (which takes time). Experienced and reputable building companies don’t overcommit and stick with a consistent timeframe for similar projects. So work with a trusted local builder rather than a rookie construction company with little experience.