BUT CAN YOU AFFORD IT?
When you visit a Builders Display home you will probably be given a price list which quotes the Basic Price for the house you are looking at.
Don’t be fooled!……… The feature you see in the Display Home will add much more to the cost.
The following table provides examples [read more...]
When you look at some of the prices that builders charge for things it makes you wonder if you can get things cheaper by employing your own tradies during the build.
Examples are things like:
Refrigerated air conditioning. Extra lighting. High end bathroom fixtures.
Unfortunately its not always that simple. Some builder will allow you [read more...]
Have a look in the real estate section of the papers and you will see some builders are offering ‘Special Incentives’ for a limited period……………………..so should you rush in to take them up?
Well I don’t think it makes any difference.
The ones that offer incentives seem to operate on a cycle of offers something [read more...]
Some small builders may suggest they can package build a house cheaper for you if you become an ‘Owner Builder’*.
* Not be confused with True ‘Owner Building’ where you have the skills and propose doing a lot of the work yourself
Here are 8 reasons why you should think very hard about doing this:
Are you considering owner building to save money? Is it the only way you can afford your dream? Perhaps you want to be able to have more choice with fittings and appliances.
Well I have almost 40 years in Construction engineering and I have been happy to use building companies for my three new houses. [read more...]
When looking for a builder or a tradesman we are often told to get at least three quotes. If you do this, and then just accept the lowest price you are taking a big risk! Sometimes your choice may be affected because someone can promise an early start.
Here are some reasons [read more...]
You often see house and land packages advertised and may have an attractive price,but are they a good idea?
Here are a few things to think about:
These sort of deals are popular with property investors who just want to get a new house and get tenants in as quickly as possible. Wouldn’t you prefer [read more...]
Some people say “never lend a friend money”, or “sell them a car”. If things go wrong it can end a friendship! I think it might be the same with getting them to do building work for you.
Here are the things you need to think about before you get a ‘friend’ to do work [read more...]