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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Your children have flown the nest, you’re finding yourself with more time on your hands, and retirement is no longer a distant memory. It’s finally your time to relax! But relaxing can be a bit of a challenge when you still have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large yard to take care of. And now that it’s all down to you, those jobs are a little bit harder still. It’s pretty easy to see the appeal of downsizing your home! However, if you’re going to go through the process of moving again, you want everything to be perfect. That’s why we have listed a few things to keep in mind when downsizing your home.
There are few periods in your life more exciting than buying your first home. It’s the culmination of hard work, sensible saving and a long-held dream to own your own home! But there is one more step to take: the process of buying. First home buyers probably haven’t encountered the property market before. Needless to say, it can be a little daunting. But help is at hand, in the form of our list of essential information for first home buyers. It might not cover it all, but it will certainly help point you in the right direction.