Building a home in easy steps
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Building your new home should be an enjoyable and exciting experience. However, the joys we feel are often overshadowed if we don’t know what’s happening or we don’t understand the process.
Here’s a quick run down of each step that happens in the building process with some handy tips on what to look out for.
Make sure you have spoken to your preferred Broker to find out what your Preapproval, or Building Capacity is. It is important to know how much you can spend in total before you fall in love with a design or block of land!
This is especially important when you are looking to purchase in a tight market. A lot of agents and developers will require a Pre-approval to even accept an Expression of Interest!
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Sherlock Homes is here to help find out what is most important to you for your new home. We help you juggle the pros and cons of each opportunity that may suit you to help you find the right package!
In this step, we will choose a block of land, a builder that suits you and start to get an idea on what plans and designs will best fit your requirements. We help you through the EOI and Contracts process to make sure you’re covered.
While we wait for settlement of either the land or the contract, we will finalise your plans with our chosen builder. Part of this process is booking you in for your Colour Selection. During Colour Selection, we choose all of our inclusions as part of your turnkey package. This includes your carpets, paint, stone, cabinetry and all hardware within the house!
Once we have finalised all of the aspects of your design and colour selection and the land is registered, the builder will then send your plans off to council for approval.
This may also include sending your plans to the developer if the Estate has Covenants.
During this stage, the builder will confirm the soil type of your block of land, remove any debris that may be onsite and complete any preliminary earthworks needed to get started. This might included any cut or fill needed to level out the block.
This step is quite important and can often be a sore point for many buyers. If a block has a large slope, it can cost quite a lot for the builder to prepare the site.
While it doesn’t look like much happens here, this is actually the most important stage of the build, as it is quite literally the foundations upon which your home will be built!
In this step, the builder digs the trenches, lays and connects your plumbing and electrical services. The builder will then lay your concrete slab over the top.
This is when it starts to get exciting!
Once your slab is dry and ready to be build upon, your frame stage will complete and is arguably the part when the most ‘construction’ visibly happens. It also happens surpisingly quickly as well!
You will first notice the external and internal walls being placed. These give a great idea of what your home layout will look like. The builder will also erect scaffolding around the home to protect workers. The next step is to start the installation of your roof.
Once the skeleton of your home is in place, the builder will then install some doors and windows as well as connect power to your home. You may see that the builder uses temporary external doors as well, this is for protection.
If your home also has cladding it will be installed during the Frame Stage as well as the floor boarding if your home is double storey!
Once all external doors and windows are in place in your home, and all external cladding is complete, the builder will progress to the Enclosed Stage, or Lock up.
At this phase, your home looks pretty close to complete, but we are actually only about half way!
Depending on your build and builder, your external cladding or rendering may only be completed during this phase as well. Once done however, your home may be wrapped in some sheeting to protect the external work.
This is also the stage were your roof and your gutters are completed. If your home also has any decorative facades they could be installed during this time.
Fixing Stage - 1
All of the internal work in the home can now be completed.
Firstly, your wall insulation is placed throughout your home. If you have ducted air conditioning, it is also installed at this stage. An electrician will ‘rough in’ your electrical work at this stage before your walls are installed. All finicky pieces are finalised at a later date.
Once these things are in, all plaster work is then completed. Your walls are installed, followed by all architraves, cornices and skirtings to your home. All internal doors are also fitted.
The bigger cabinetry pieces of your home are also installed at this stage, including your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry.
Fixing Stage - 2
Now it feels like time stands still!
Your home looks completed, but there is still plenty of work to be done. All of the internal hardware is now installed, like your shower screens and taps, your power points and feature lighting, your door handles and any remaining carpentry work. Your walls will also receive their final coat of paint and any other outstanding works are completed. Landscaping is also completed.
Once all works are completed, your home will have a Defect Inspection by the builder to ensure that your home is delivered to the highest possible standard. Sherlock Homes will accompany you to your own Defect inspection to make sure that all T’s are crossed and all I’s dotted!
Now it is time for you to collect your keys! Sherlock is also here to help you throughout all stages of your settlement, including finding you the best movers!
Your new home is ready for you to move in and start making making memories.