Stormwater Discharge Point

Heavy rain

One check that is often forgotten when buying a block in an established suburb is how storm water is removed from the site.

Fifty, or more, years ago when land was cheaper it was not unusual for blocks to be quite large compared with the size of the house.

Disposing of storm water by [read more...]

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New House Insurance

Your builder has given you a handover date . . . so you need to organise property insurance to start on that day.

How Much House Insurance Will You Need ?

Well you have only just finished building so isn’t the price you have just paid the right amount?

I think you need to add [read more...]

What Is A Project Home Builder?

project builders

If you are new to thinking about having a new house built you may have heard the term ‘Project Home Builder’ and wondered what it means.

Project Home Builders base their business on building large numbers of houses using a limited range of designs.

By cutting down on the [read more...]

Specification

Control of costs is really important if you don’t want to run over budget on your new home.

One of the key areas in controlling costs is understanding the specification of the house.

One of the traps that many people fall into is paying a deposit based on an initial specification, They are then hit [read more...]

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New House Guarantees and Warranties

GUARANTEE

I’m always a bit suspicious of guarantees and warranties!

In my opinion most Guarantees are really just a piece of paper that explains how the Guarantor will fulfill their legal liabilities. (In some cases they explain a process which is less than fulfilling their liabilities)

Bearing in mind I’m not a lawyer this is how [read more...]

Taking a Mortgage Repayment Holiday

Taking a Mortgage Repayment Holiday

Have you hit trouble keeping up with your new home mortgage payments?

Even the most careful planners can face financial trouble when something unexpected occurs.

The good news is that you may be able to qualify for a repayment holiday. Here’s some advice about putting your mortgage on hold while [read more...]

Access to Rear

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With the narrow blocks that are becoming more common you see a lot of new houses built right to the side boundary on both sides.

In some cases that can’t be avoided, but I think there is a real advantage in leaving enough room for a path on at least one side of the [read more...]

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Protect Your Block From Dumping

Dumping on Block

A regular problem with vacant blocks is they are used as a convenient dumping ground for other builders.

It’s much cheaper to dump on a nearby site than haul the material to a tip and pay tip fees.

If you are are really unlucky the material may be contaminated (for example asbestos waste). . [read more...]