Design – Controlling Costs

expensive house

When you are planning a custom home costs can quickly run away with the initial budget!

Just watch a few episodes of ‘Grand Designs’ and you will see people with costs out of control!

If you are planning a custom home here are a few thoughts.

Expensive Main Features

Overall Size If you buy [read more…]

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Are You Prepared For Interest Rate Rises

Interest Rate

Interest Rates are Going Up!

Don’t know when but they haven’t gone up for 4 years so it isn’t going to last much longer!

How Much?

Well the real answer is no one knows, but some of the financial wizz kids are predicting something like 1.5% rise by the end of 2015.

To me [read more…]

Display Homes – Understanding the Builders Rep

Display Home

Going into every Display Home the first person you see is the Builders Representative.

When talking to the representative it helps to understand a little about them, so here are some thoughts;

Pay

We all work for money but the Representative’s conditions of employment might be a fair bit different to you.

Most Representatives [read more…]

Pre-Wetting your Site

sprinkler

Reason For Pre-Wetting

If you are Building On Clay that is dry there is a risk of Soil Heave.

This is due to expansion of the clay if the moisture level increases with particular risk factors being:

Building after a long period of very dry weather when large cracks in the surface are visible. [read more…]

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Understanding Display Homes

Display Home

I have compared the Cost of a Display Home with the price for the advertised price of the standard house, so here are what the differences are:

What you won’t get in the Basic House (unless there is a ‘Special Offer‘)

Premium Kitchen Cabinets Premium Kitchen Fittings and Appliances Stone Benchtops Glass or Premium [read more…]

Quick Build ?

One of the reasons that people may choose a builder is the promise of a ‘Quick Build’ . . . . . but how realistic is that promise?

Getting the house finished quickly might be attractive to you so here are a couple of things to think about before you make a choice.

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Will You Be A First Home Buyer In Perth?

FHOG

Sponsored by First Home Owners Centre

The Department Of Finance has released good news if you are considering becoming a first home buyer, in Perth or anywhere in Western Australia.

Changes in 2013-2014

The adjustment announced last year, in the projected State Budget for 2013-2014, included an increase in the First Home [read more…]

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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…]