Written by Craig Geer on Jun 15, 2018
As a first-time home builder, the thought of building a house from the ground up can be both extremely exciting and somewhat overwhelming. At Urban Homes we’re here to answer your questions and squash the preconceived perceptions which are often associated with building a house for the first time.
The journey to building a house, whether it’s your first, second or third, always comes with questions, and our team encourage you to ask them. No matter how big or small, tricky or straightforward they may seem, we’re always happy to answer them to ensure you understand the process.
These questions enable you to take ownership of your build and make informed decisions at every step of the way. Below are some of the commonly asked questions we get from many people building a house for the first time. We hope you find them useful as you set out on this exciting journey to your dream home.
Yes! We encourage you to bring your ideas to the table and we can incorporate them into the design and specification of your new home, whether it is a pre-designed plan that can be modified to suit your requirements, or a custom design and build. This is one of the distinct advantages of building a house vs buying a house.
The whole process usually takes between 9-12 months. This includes planning and design for your home, costing, full draughting of the working drawing, obtaining all necessary consents and the actual build time, which equates to on average 4-7 months depending on the size and complexity of your home.
This depends on the design of your home and what products and material you would like to use. Other factors also contribute to the cost of your build, such as roof design and internal fitting and features. To give you an idea of the budget you’ll need, read our blog on how much it costs to build a home.
At Urban, we work closely with our clients to ensure you stay within your build budget and will provide suggestions on how you can achieve your dream home with the budget you have.
Absolutely! We are proud of the fact that we can confidently offer a fixed price contract that you can rely on and guarantee there’ll be no hidden surprises along the way.
The industry norm is for progress payments to be made at certain stages of the build. We offer an alternative new home finance solution on home and land packages called Urban SmartKey. This allows for a 10% deposit to be made with balance of payment upon completion. Speak to us about Urban SmartKey.
No, but it is an involved process. At Urban Homes, we’ve put systems and process in place which allow for a high degree of communication between everyone involved in building your dream home. This streamlining of the build process makes for a very structured and low-stress experience and enables you to take ownership of your build journey and enjoy it along the way.