What to expect during pre-construction
So you’ve chosen your builder and you’re keen to get started on your new dream home. But there is a lot to do before starting construction to make sure the process goes smoothly and you get your dream result.
Here are a few tips on what you can expect during the pre-construction phase and ways you can ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Create a wishlist for the quotation and contract phase
The process of building a new home can be overwhelming at times, so we recommended having a wishlist of everything you want in your new home to refer back to as you go through your quotation and contract signing phase. This helps you stay focused on your end goal and achieving the home of your dreams.
Look at the practical application of the home and consider yourself immersed in the home, entertaining friends or going about your daily tasks. Make sure the home ‘works’ for your lifestyle on a daily or weekly basis.
2. Expect Director Involvement
Our Directors like to check the topography and surroundings of your block, including retaining walls and neighbouring houses. We’ll visit the site and advise you how we can best start your home in the most economical way possible. There’s nothing more important that an initial site visit, so we can ensure everything flows smoothly to the end.
3. Regular plan check points
There will be regular opportunities for you to come and check the plan to make sure it is how you want it. One of the most important check points is after the working drawings are done at what we call the ‘Client Check’. If everything is correct at that point we then go into Council for approval based on that plan. There is another check when you sign your contract and another just prior to starting construction. It’s very important that you check these plans carefully at every stage to make sure your wishlist is being met.
4. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about your contract before signing
Our contracts are an industry standard contract written by an external body called the Housing Industry Association (HIA). We recommend giving yourself plenty of time to review the contracts and even getting a third party to review as well. Don’t be afraid to ask even the smallest question. You might only build one home in your lifetime but we do this every day, so don’t hesitate to call or email to confirm anything you are unsure about.
5. Make the most of our expert advisors
Our people will help you through each stage of the home building process. We have Contract Administrators to help you with your paperwork, Building Designers to advise you on the best plan for your block and Colour Consultants to guide you through your colour selections. All of our experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience, so make sure you lean on them as you go throughout the process.