Our Top Tips for Construction of a House

Building a house can be a tricky process to navigate if you're not adequately prepared. Here's our top tips to ensure that you get a home (and construction experience) to be proud of:

Choose a reputable and experienced contractor: It’s important to do your research and choose a contractor who has a good reputation and a track record of successfully completed projects. Take a look at their reviews, and identify patterns in their customer feedback. What do they do well, and what are their previous customers dissatisfied with? Ensure that the contractor is well-established, and backed by a knowledgeable team of experts. Avoid cheap builders – the final product will be reflective the cheaper cost and lower quality, and will likely cost you more in the long-run. 

Create a budget (and stick to it): Having a clearly-defined budget prior to beginning your project will help a home builder to create something that closely matches your needs. Planning your budget in advance will allow you to allocate funds appropriately according to your priorities. Be prepared for unexpected expenses and try to have a contingency fund in case of cost overruns.

Plan ahead: Careful planning can help ensure that your construction project goes smoothly and stays on schedule. Make sure to get all necessary permits and approvals. In many cases, your contractor will work alongside you to complete these tasks. Asking them of requirements ahead of time will allow you to plan appropriately. This will help to make the experience stress-free for all parties.

Communicate with your contractor: A reputable, reliable home builder should communicate regular updates to you directly. With that being said, being proactive with your communication can help to ensure that any issues or concerns are addressed promptly, and that the home being built meets your expectations.

Pay attention to energy efficiency: Energy-efficient features can help reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable. Consider installing insulation, energy-efficient windows, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. Despite the higher up-front cost, these investments will often save you money in the long run.

Consider the layout and design: Think about how you want your home to function and what kind of layout will best meet your needs. Many homebuilders will carry off-the-shelf designs which are proven to work for many Australian families. Speaking to builders about what designs are popular (and why) can help you to secure a design which will closely meet your needs.