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How To Find The Best Builders For First-Home Buyers

Two Storey Steel Frame Home - McDonald Jones

Building your first home is a great way to perfectly cater for your lifestyle. You can choose from a range of locations and blocks with options to mix, match and upgrade different features from different home designs. This can be exciting, but careful planning is essential. This includes finding and choosing the best first home builders. Below are some tips on doing so.

View Their Constructions

Choose a builder or developer with a strong track-record of building good quality homes that suit your tastes and needs. If opting for a house and land package in a community, take a drive around potential locations to see if the houses, streetscapes and parklands fit what you would look for in a new home. Ideally, you also want to see specific homes the developer has built in the past with a similar level of inclusions and at or near completion.

Registered vs Unregistered

Builders will often secure lots on unregistered land in a new subdivision and sell them as house and land packages. Unregistered land is land that is for sale where a certificate of title is not yet available. Homes cannot be constructed until the land is registered and the local council has provided a building approval for the individual lot.

In many areas, like Sydney, the only way to purchase a house and land package is on unregistered land. This isn’t a problem so long as the builder is reputable. Keep in mind that there can be considerable differences from builder to builder concerning things like tender expiry dates, site cost allowances and provisions for local council requirements.

Fixed Prices

No one likes hidden extra costs. Especially when you’re already investing so much money and time into buying a home. Find a builder that offers a fixed price. This gives you a definitive amount to work with your lender and peace of mind about what you can expect in terms of your repayments.

Check Inclusions

Most first home buyers choose to build their own home because they want a place that fits their needs and caters to their individual style and taste. However, personalisation options in house and land packages can vary depending on who the builder is. Check what’s included for the advertised price and what you can and cannot customise without extra costs.

Most standard inclusions are basic, and you’ll have to pay more for high-end finishes such as stone benchtops and top of the range appliances. Having the flexibility to do this is excellent but you should find out exactly what options are on offer and how it will affect price.

Think About Resale and Long-Term Value

Look for someone with a track record of producing high quality constructions with lasting value. Both the right location and the quality of build is essential to your new home’s resale value. Visit a variety of locations to get an idea of the infrastructure in the area. Access to public transport and main roads, schools, shopping precincts, parks and recreational areas are all important for long term value.

Quality House and Land Packages in NSW and The ACT

For quality house and land packages with fantastic inclusions by reputable, highly experienced builders, McDonald Jones Homes are the ideal choice and offer a seamless building journey. If you would like any more information about our services, including our financing options, please get in touch with our friendly team.