Building a brand-new home is a dream for many Australians. New homes are contemporary, attractive and designed with the modern lifestyle in mind. They're also easier to maintain, energy-efficient and inexpensive to run than older homes.
If you're planning on building your own home, then the first major step is finding the right builder. Generally speaking, builders can be grouped into two main categories. These are volume builders and custom builders. Both are excellent options, and the one you choose comes down to a variety of factors that are particular to your individual situation and needs.
If you're unsure about which type of builder to choose to construct your new home, then here are four points to consider before making your decision.
1. Your block of land
The type of builder you choose can depend a lot on the block of land you've chosen as a home site. Volume builders generally require a flat block with easy access and won't build on unusually shaped blocks or blocks with more than a slight incline. If you have a block like this, you'll almost definitely need to use a custom builder who is happy to work on a less-than-ideal piece of land.
2. Your level of involvement
Another key point to consider when choosing a builder is how involved you want to be in the planning and construction of your home. Custom builders let you have a great deal of input on all aspects of the build, including layout, materials, fittings and features. If you're happy to leave it to the professionals, the tried and tested designs that volume builders work with may be perfectly suitable.
3. Your long-term plans
Often, the choice of builder is determined by the long term plans you have for the home you're building. If the home is the next step up on the property ladder for you and you intend to sell it down the track, then choosing a volume builder makes sense. Their designs have broad appeal, and as an investment, volume homes provide a sound financial return.
If you're planning to build a home that you intend to stay in for the foreseeable future, a custom builder may be the best option. They can help you to design and build a home that is perfect for your requirements, and able to meet your lifestyle needs both now and in the future.
4. Your budget
The final point to consider is how much you can afford to spend on your home. Custom homes are significantly more expensive than volume homes which may put them out of your price range. Volume builders can build for less because of their standardised designs, bulk purchasing power and streamlined building process.
For more information, contact your local building contractors today.