Things to Consider When Building a New Home in Newcastle


Building a new home is both exciting and overwhelming, especially if it is your first. For most Australians, creating a new home from scratch is easily one of the most expensive and complicated undertakings of their lives.

So, to make your home construction process less daunting, here are some things you may want to consider before embarking on the building of your new home.

Know your numbers

You may have a rough idea of how much you would need to complete your dream home, crunching the numbers will give you a more accurate amount to work with.

Most house plan designers also offer a cost-to-build service for a small fee which you can take advantage of to get an accurate estimation of construction costs based on your preferred design, location and add-ons.

 The estimates usually include funds for a down payment, tax benefits, and other related calculations.

Armed with the numbers, you can now begin to make your budget. Be sure to leave room in your budget to accommodate unforeseen expenses and additional costs that may not have included in the initial numbers.

Understand the local building code

You do not want to get caught on the wrong side of the building code of the local council. Be sure you are well-informed about all the building code and restrictions in the area you are thinking of building in.

Before purchasing a lot, have an independent inspector check the block to give you an idea of what your council restrictions might be.

Some communities may have special lot requirements like driveway placement, height and setback restrictions.

Be sure you all the relevant approval and paperwork before commencing your build.

Choosing the right community

Just as you intend to make your house comfortable and livable, the location you want to build also impacts on your quality of life.

Be sure to assess the amenities and facilities available near your proposed site. Do you have to drive every time you need to grocery shop?

Does the community have parks, recreational areas and entertainment centres nearby? Is the pharmacy within walking distance?

If you have a family or intend to raise one in the future, you also want to make sure the location has excellent schools around.

How would you get to work daily – driving or using public transportation? Would moving to the new home result in a long commute to work?

While assessing the facilities in the area keep an eye out for proposed projects too. Remember, you will be living here for a long time, potentially raising your family, so be sure it has everything you need.

Choosing the right builder

Your choice of a Newcastle home builder is critical to a pain-free, smooth home build. The builder is your eyes and ear on site.

By acting as your project manager, they coordinate and supervise tradespeople and subcontractors. The source, quantify and coordinate delivery of supplies and ensure compliance with standard building practices.

As a result of the builder’s role in the construction process, you may want to research extensively before hiring one. Consider the following before picking a builder:

Are they licensed? For your peace of mind, be sure to talk to only builders that are licensed and adequately insured.

Check-in with the Department of Fair Trading to be sure there are no complaints against the builder. As part of your background check, where possible, ask previous customers about their experience working with the builder. Are they satisfied with the work done for them?

While making up your mind about a builder, have a close look at their previous work, you will want to pay close attention to the quality of their work. While at it, take a mental note of their style, does it align with your aesthetic taste?

There are lots of things to consider when building your own home, we have just touched on a few here.

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