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Stamp Duty On New Homes | What to Expect

16 Apr News
Stamp Duty On New Homes

There are lots of costs that come with buying a new home. First, there’s the cost of the land. Land is often the biggest expense that comes with new home buying, but it’s always well worth it! Then there’s the cost of the build. Teaming up with a good home builder will always keep build costs at a minimum, and build quality at a maximum. Other costs might include conveyancing fees, mortgage down payments, insurance fees, and bank fees. But probably the largest cost you’ll face in terms of fees is stamp duty. Not familiar with it? You’re not alone! Stamp duty is a bit of a mystery to most people, so don’t worry if you’re not up to speed. Simply read on, and well tell you what you need to know about stamp duty.

A Simple Guide to Eco Friendly Home Designs

20 Mar News
Eco Friendly Home Designs

Eco friendly house designs are fast becoming the most sought after. Again and again, cutting edge designs are proving to us that we don’t need to spend lots, or sacrifice comfort for eco friendly homes. But at the same time, eco friendly home designs can seem complex and unusual to many. So we’ve put together a simple guide to eco friendly house designs. This guide covers a few of the more exciting advantages to such home designs, as well as a few enticing features.

8 Questions To Ask Your Home Builder Before You Hire Them

10 Feb News
Questions to Ask your Home Builder

Whether you’re buying or building, signing with a home builder is a big decision. In fact, it’s probably the biggest financial decision of your life. Needless to say, there are questions that you are going to need answered. However, it’s a complicated process. With so many steps involved, knowing the right questions to ask your home builder at any given time is tough. That’s why we’ve listed eight of the most important questions to ask your home builder before hiring them.

Essential Fire Safety Tips For Your New Home

18 Jan News

Not many people are unlucky enough to encounter a fire in their home. But those who do face a potentially deadly threat. So before you leap over the threshold of your new home, it’s important to consider fire safety. After all, you’re moving into a new environment. All homes have a number of potential fire hazards, from toasters, to power points. But with these essential fire safety tips, you can eliminate the risk, and plan for contingencies as well.

Top 6 Tips For Saving For A House Deposit

12 Nov News
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Saving for a house deposit is one of the greatest financial challenges we face. But, there’s no way around it! To get finance on the home of your dreams, stumping up for a deposit is the first and most crucial step. Of course, it’s easier said than done, though. So what can you do to save effectively for a house deposit? There’s plenty! Here are our top 6 tips to get you started.

Buying Vs Building A House: What You Need To Know

12 Oct News
Buying vs Building A House
Buying vs Building A House

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carins Display Home

If you’re in the market for a new home, chances are you’re grappling with the age old question: buying versus building a house. The truth is, there’s no cut and dry answer to that question. But we do think there are some compelling points on both fronts. So let’s take a dive into the nitty gritty of building vs buying a house. After reading a few of these expert perspectives, we hope you’ll have the ammunition you need to make a great decision!

Top 6 Sustainable House Design Ideas

11 Sep News
Top 6 Sustainable House Design Ideas

Building in Cairns means facing long hot summers, heavy rain, and high humidity. After all, that is why we love it up here! But it does mean that we need to take a unique approach to our house design ideas, so that they’re sustainable and comfortable. Rather than relying on air conditioners for comfort, it’s more affordable and practical to work with our stunning environment. Here are a few house design ideas that do just that!

What To Expect: Steps Of Building A House

10 Aug News
steps of building a house

Before you embark on your homebuilding project, it’s always helpful to know what to expect. Across our time in the industry, we have found it useful to get on the same page as our clients, so that everyone has clear expectations. That’s why we have put together this rough guide on the main steps of building a house. Hopefully, this list can help you work out what to expect when the time comes to turn that beautiful block of land into an even more beautiful home for your family.

5 Award Winning Tropical Home Designs

09 Jul News
5 Award Winning Tropical Home Designs

When it comes to tropical home designs, there are the great ones, and then there are the award winners. These are the tropical homes that have really forged a new path in terms of design. Put simply, they are in a league of their own. So what sets them apart? As much as we like to think it’s price, that isn’t always the case. In fact, some of the most impressive tropical home designs were built on strict budgets.

Keep Building Costs To A Minimum With These Tips And Tricks

08 Jun News

Building your own home is always an appealing prospect. And if you’ve spent the last few months scouring the property market for the home of your dreams, to no avail, you’re probably ready to give it a go! But what about the costs? You’ve probably heard that building your own home is more expensive than buying a pre-existing home. However, that simply doesn’t have to be the case. If you partner up with an experienced home builder and follow a few simple tips, your homebuilding project can be cheap. Here’s how!

Save on home building costs right from the beginning by choosing a suitable block of land

One of the great joys of building your own home is seeing a great block of land transformed into a house. But on some blocks of land, that can take a bit of extra work. That’s why you need some expert guidance. Blocks of land with tricky topography, unstable soil compositions, or steep slopes are always a challenge. To get a building project underway on one of these blocks will take a lot of preparation. It will also take some pretty technical building methods, and engineering. In other words, it will be expensive! So if you want a sure fire way to keep your home building costs to a minimum, look for a flat block of land with a workable soil composition.

Hiring local home building experts will almost always save on home building costs – here’s why

We hear it all the time: hire locally! Normally, though, we do so to support the local community. But when it comes to building a house, hiring locally can also save on home building costs. Rather than having to pay the added expenses for out of town contractors, you get skilled tradespeople from the local area. Additionally, local construction experts are familiar with local conditions. And in a place with such unique conditions as Cairns, that’s a real bonus! You also get to support local jobs and build a stronger economy for Cairns – the benefits are many and varied.

Simple saves money: a simple internal layout will always help you save on home building costs

There are lots of tricks to designing the perfect interior. But believe it or not, most of these are centred on simplicity. Generally speaking, simple is best when it comes to internal layouts. And that’s lucky, because choosing a simple internal layout will allow you to save on home building costs. Overly complicated interiors take a lot of work and planning, from a lot of skilled professionals. That is always going to mean higher costs, and it won’t always yield the benefits you were expecting.

Looking to add a few unique touches? Some will save on home building costs more than others

One of the foremost benefits of building your own home is that you get to personalise it. Whatever unique little touches you want, you can have. But some come at a higher cost than others. A great example of this is ceiling heights. The materials used in walls and ceiling generally come in standard sized sheets. So if you deviate from the standard size, then your costs will increase inordinately. That is, of course, because it will take time and skill to reshape the materials into a different and uncommon size. That doesn’t mean you can’t though – if you really want certain unique features then go for it! Just keep costs in mind when you are choosing between your options.

A bigger garage can actually help you save on home building costs – here’s how

Finally, let’s take a look at one of our niftiest tricks to save on home building costs: garages. If you build a bigger garage, you will have more storage. That means you don’t need to arrange custom cabinetry in your home’s interior – you can leave it pretty simple. It will look stunning and understated, without compromising on storage around the house. And the best part is that expanding your garage is normally cheaper than expanding your house itself.

For more great tips and tricks, get in touch today!