If you are not confident with choosing colour selections seek advice from an interior designer as a smart selection can enhance the value of your house considerably. Colours will also set the theme and vibe of your home.
Another crucial area is the builder's standard inclusions. Always check the builder's standard inclusions, as many builder-advertised prices do not include their display home inclusions. To get their display home finish can often mean thousands of dollars in extras you may not have budgeted for, leaving you either disheartened or financially stretched.
If your builder is including allowances for certain items in their quotation E.g. tile purchase price or lights and fans purchase price, then make sure that they are realistic allowances that will enable you to make a satisfactory selection. Knowing early that the builder's allowance will cover your personal expectations is extremely important to a pleasurable building process.
Otherwise, you could face considerable extra costs to get the inclusions you really want. You may need to visit some of the builder's suppliers or contractors to determine if the allowances are sufficient to satisfy your expectations.
Once you have paid your agreed deposit, the builder will begin preparations for the working drawings and approval process if it wasn't already covered in a preliminary agreement. This usually takes about four-six weeks. Once all approvals have been secured construction can begin. The construction period will be shown in the building contract and will vary based on the size and complexity of the design chosen.
Progress payment schedules can vary for different designs and are agreed upon when signing a contract. These payments are made during the construction and when each stage is completed. On completion of the home, either the owner or a representative will do a walkthrough to ensure that the home has been completed as per the contract.