How to build the perfect home

Some 214,000 homes were built in Australia in 2018, proof that our love affair with owning our own home continues unabated. And while some of us opt for architect-designed homes and others for builds they manage themselves, the house and land package market is booming.

But for the novice, the whole process might seem a bit daunting. To help, here are five basics to consider.

1. The funds

It all starts with money. Set a workable budget, taking into account extras like landscaping and finishes. Ensure you understand the commitment and seek advice from your banking institution.

2. The estate

Most new estates are located on the suburban fringe and are greenfield sites – land that hasn’t been developed. Yeramba Estates has been developing land since 1962 and has a golden reputation of delivering quality land in great locations.
Look at how the estate suits your lifestyle: consider proximity to transport, schools, shopping centres, playgrounds.

3. The block

Blocks will differ in size, orientation and gradient, which can all impact your costs and the plan of your house. Orientation particularly can impact your energy usage, which will affect your hip pocket. Yeramba take pride in revealing all aspects of the land for sale to ensure you know exactly what you are purchasing.

4. The builder

Research the builder. Check out their previous projects, and ask for customer testimonials. Build time, pricing for post contract variations, penalties for late delivery – all good questions. Your new home is in their hands.

5. The floorplan and the finishes

Get your floorplan exactly right – it needs to blend functionality and style, and suit your lifestyle. Remember that you’ll spend most of your time in the living areas, so they should take priority.
Most builders have selection centres, where you can play with external materials and colours, creating a facade that has character, charm and individuality.