What to Consider Before Building Your First Home
Building your first home can be a daunting process and while there are many things to consider when building a house, Hudson Homes are here to try and simplify the process. You may wonder what to look out for when building a house. We think that choosing the right builder, keeping an eye out for government grants, being clear about your budget, and planning for the future are just some of the things to consider when building a new house.
Builders and Budgets: Things to Consider When Building a House
One of the things to consider when building your first home is of course your expense budget. You will need to know how much you can spend, as well as be clear about the pricing, fees, and taxes. You should also allow for emergencies and save a little extra.
If you haven’t yet chosen a contractor, do your research. When you select one, be clear about what is and isn’t included in the build and what your new house build must haves are. If you are purchasing land, understanding the stamp duty fees as well as any other charges you may be required to pay, is imperative. You may need to hire lawyers or conveyancers to look over your contracts. You may need to seek the advice of mortgage brokers or banks if you are looking to finance your new house with a loan. For the convenience of buying house and land from one place, and getting a dedicated new homes consultant, a land and house package from Hudson Homes could be the best solution.
Permits and Regulations: Things to Check When Building a New House
Be aware of any building covenants regarding the allowable height, building fascia and colours permitted by estate developers. Be aware of properties with a heritage overlay on the building if you are planning to knock down and rebuild. These are just a couple of the things to check when building a new house in New South Wales or Queensland.
Land and Location: What to Look Out for When Building a House
What to look out for when building a house:
- Consider any council requirements when building.
- Check the soil rating, as this will affect how you structurally compensate for building on sand or clay-like soil.
- Smaller lots may have small lot codes that require diligence regarding fire safety and building materials.
- Consider anything you know about the area, such as if it is prone to flooding, bushfires, or pests, and plan accordingly.
Cool Things to Include When Building a House: Energy Efficiency
Most new houses being built in Australia today are built with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind. Not only does installing solar power and grey water systems lessen the environmental footprint of your house, they also dramatically reduce the cost of your energy and water bills. Other energy efficient factors to consider when building a new home include:
- How you plan to cool or heat your home.
- Passive solar and building orientation.
- Ensuring there is adequate insulation installed when you build.
- Look at the lighting as well, as cool things to include when building a house for energy efficiency include solar powered outdoor lights.
Future Planning and Resale: New House Build Must Haves
When you are designing your dream home, you are not only planning for now, but for later. This means you should consider the resale eligibility of your new house build. Consider who might be living in your house ten years from now and what those lifestyle demands might require. If you are planning to have children, you might want to make the space safe and appropriate. If you are planning to retire, you may not want staircases. Consider features like garages, driveways, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and if you plan to resell your house in the future.
Hudson Homes builds contemporary homes for now and for the future. Our 7-year warranty and Fixed Price, Fixed Term Guarantee makes us the best choice for your knock down rebuild or home and land package. Contact us online to enquire now or call the team on 1300 246 200 to get started on the build of your dream home.