For Australians, building a new home is one of the most exciting and overwhelming times of your life. Unfortunately, stress is almost inevitable when you are building your new home. A house is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make, so you want to ensure you are making the right decisions when it comes to both the construction and the look and feel of your new home. But all these decisions can become overwhelming for even the most laid-back person.
Below are some of the best stress-reducing tips to make building your new home enjoyable.
- Choose a good builder
After you have made the decision to build your own home, you will need to choose a builder. This is a big decision because you don’t want to be stuck with a bad builder or one who is likely to go bust. It is important that homeowners take their time to choose a good builder who is within their budget and has a good reputation. As homes are such a big investment, there is no need to rush.
When building a house, only ever work with licensed, registered and insured builders. It doesn’t matter how many good reviews they have received, do not work with a builder unless have a current building license. Be wary of builders who are not up-front about whether they are legally allowed to be involved in building and construction as some builders may have an expired or revoked license and still continue to be involved in the building industry. To find out if a builder is licensed and registered, check you local consumer affairs or fair trading website.
After you are sure the builder is licensed, you must then consider what inclusions are offered by them. Take your time and compare a range of builders based on their inclusions. Also compare builders based on their price. A cheap builder will most likely means cheap materials and bad workmanship, so it important that you don’t choose a builder solely because they are the cheapest option.
However, even after you take all of the above into consideration, you might still be overwhelmed with the amount of good builders in your area. If so then check with your friends and family about who they used to build their house. You can also access online reviews to help make up your mind. Other people who have also worked with that builder will be more than happy to talk about their experience with them. They will be able to tell you whether they are good or not.
- Give yourself time to make decisions
The best part about building brand new homes is that the homeowner gets to help make design decisions. However, choosing elements for your new home is not as simple as it seems. As with choosing a builder, you also need to give yourself time to make other decisions about the look and feel of the house. That’s not to say that you should be spending months deciding which faucet goes with the tiles you picked out, but you shouldn’t rush deciding on the floor plan, or the materials used. After all, you will most likely be living in this house for many years to come.
- Communicate well
Good communication between all people involved is important when you are building a house. You and your builder need to be on the same wavelength, and be able to communicate openly and honestly about your expectation. It’s safe to say that the reason you’re building your own home is that you have a vision of exactly what you want your house to look like. If you can’t clearly communicate that vision to your builder, then you will probably be very disappointed. Before you start building anything, sit down with several builders and see how you feel being around them. If you feel comfortable then the whole process of building your house will be much easier.
However, good communication isn’t just about talking, it is also about listening. It is important for you to listen to what the builder has to say because they have a lot of experience building houses. If you disagree with something the builder says you can express yourself, but remember to listen to their reasoning before you do.
With these tips, you will be well on your way to a stress-free new home building. But you don’t have to do it alone. There are companies in Sydney and the surrounding regions that help people start their journey as home builders. One such company is Homeworld, who have 2 display home villages in NSW, a third opening in early April, and another 3 in the pipeline. At display home villages like Homeworld’s, people can look at a range of brand new homes and compare builders all in the one place. They really take the stress out of a new home building. Visit discoverhomeworld.com.au/locations for more information!