The first step is to really know what you want your new home to look like, including the layout and finishes that suit your lifestyle and needs. Are you going to build new, or renovate? Start by looking through magazines, tuning into home design television shows and having a look around you. It is a good idea to go for a drive around the area (if possible) so you know what aesthetic is popular and how the streets are laid out. Do some research into building guidelines for your area, as some developers require particular features to be incorporated into the design.
Unfortunately, not many of us can undertake a project like building a home without some sort of financial assistance. Once you have a firm idea of what you are looking to create, have a look at an online borrowing power calculator like this one to find out how much you can borrow. This information is vital to progressing, as it will determine the size and finishing of your project. Once you have your figure, meet with your chosen bank representative to get pre-approval on a loan.
Gather up your images, sketches, written notes and any other information that may be useful for meetings with contractors. The more information you have, the better you can communicate with your builder and ultimately, that means less costs for changes down the line. Your builder may also be able to suggest new or less expensive ways of creating what you want, or new products to try, or have some other inspiration to incorporate into your design. If you are updating your existing home, there are many extension options available now, such as adding an alfresco or second storey, cladding the outside for a fresh new look, or remodelling the interior to make the space unique to your family. From here, your contractor will create your building plan and works can begin!
Once the building is sorted, it’s time to make your house a home. It is at this stage you will be able to pick your tiles and colours, as well as start shopping around for floor coverings and blinds. Consider what built-in furniture you would like to incorporate as well, for example take a look at each room’s wardrobe, as there is an option tailored to suit you.
A quality builder will stay in touch with you throughout the process. This is vital so you can stay abreast of any potential problems, changes to the proposed budget and movement with the timeline. Likewise, don’t be afraid to get in touch with your builder at any time if you have any queries or would like to check on progress.
You finally have your dream home! To make moving day as stress-free as possible, make sure you are organised. Have all your important documents handy so they don’t get lost in transition (such as bank documents and identification). Start packing as soon as possible, even weeks in advance for some things, and clearly mark each box with the room it is from and the contents. Book in your removal company as early as you can too, or if you are planning on doing the heavy lifting yourself, think about hiring a self-drive removal truck for the day to minimise trips back and forth.