English humorist Jerome K Jerome exasperatedly remarked, “I don’t want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don’t want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.” Since the concessions of the Government on acquiring housing loans and other provisions on energy efficiency subsidies, the efforts generated enough benefits from the public sector as well as the property and business sectors. It yielded a moderate home-building boom in Australia. This is thanks to the First-Home Owners Grant which Australian homeowners welcomed and threw themselves in a residential building frenzy. The first-time owners are even willing to get additional cash loans to add to their construction funds since every dollar helps in providing a modest house.
But before digging the first shovel of dirt for the house, first-time homeowners should seriously think of answers to certain important questions such as these: How much would building a house cost? Who will draw the plans? Should I try pre-fabricated houses or build from scratch? Where do I start fleshing out the details? All these questions and others can be answered through meticulous research that comes with planning a house. House building experts advise first-time homeowners to look for and talk to these important persons: the architect, the builder, the plumber, and even the electrician. Of course it would help if the owner knows something about house building or at least one or two things about it.
For people who were fortunate enough to get grants from the Government or even those without grants but are planning to build their own house, there are major things to consider from start to finish. Like in establishing a good business, choosing a good location for the house is the number one priority. The location should match the lifestyle of the owner. Should the house be near the office or school? Should it be near the beach or a park for the kids? It is also wise to look into new development areas because there may be added benefits in living there.
The next important thing to research on is the house developer. In choosing one, look for developers with years of experience, including the quality of businesses they have built and the land packages they have sold. House experts recommend first-time homeowners to ask for references from the developers’ clients. After choosing a suitable location and a good developer, the next thing to do is to look at display homes of the developers or builders, including their plans. Inspect the quality of the finished houses and make a comparison between several designs and costs. Most importantly, first-time homeowners should carefully study all the details regarding the materials to be used as well as the services to be rendered. Still, even if owners exceed their budgets, they could always rely on fast loans to cover unexpected expenses.