What Homeowners Should Pay Attention to During the Building Stage
Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Building a home is like taking a big, wild plunge. The thought of finally stepping into your dream house is exciting, but not without a catch: you'll be spending time, money, and nights stressing out whether the builders have done exactly as you wanted. Poor planning can lead to future inconveniences – and even disasters. However, you can avoid the risks by keeping your eyes open and watching out for these things during the building stage:
During a hard-hat tour, your builder will lead you through a pre-drywall walk through to give you a look at the building components just before the drywall is installed. This gives you, the homeowner, an insight on the home's function, as well as confirm that all mechanical and electrical systems are in place. The drywall (gyprock Sheeting) walkthrough gives you a peek at your HVAC(air conditioning) , Foxtel, telephone/Data and media locations. Make sure that everything has been installed according to the plan; bring your blueprints to check if everything is in order.
The cosmetic defects
During your orientation, you are given a few hours to inspect your unfinished home. Here is your chance to confirm whether cabinetry, furniture, countertops, floors, windows, walls and appliances have no noticeable damage. Go to this building stage with an eagle eye; some of these flaws will not be covered by warranty after the orientation. If there are any items needed to be paid attention to, make sure they are noted on a checklist.
Energy Efficient Lighting, Windows & Insulation
Lighting plays a big role in your home, especially when it comes to cutting down utility bills. By making good use of natural light your house is exposed to, you’ll be able to reduce your heating and cooling expenses over the long run. It’s important to view this from a sustainability standpoint. A sustainable home maximizes windows in best locations, especially during daytime demands. Your windows should also be well-sealed, as it plays a big role in your home’s insulation. You can browse our projects at Alpine Living which showcase sustainably designed and built homes in Wollongong, Canberra, and surrounding areas.
First-time homeowners should also take a look into room placements and ensure each space fits your lifestyle. The bedroom, for one, should be away from the noise and traffic. The kitchen should be accessible near a back entrance. Mudrooms are best placed near the garage. If you are planning to extend your home in the future, make sure you allot a space for that.
When it comes to buying your first home, it is always best to project expenses a bit more than the initially stated amount. This will help you meet unforeseen charges in the future. Among them: the site cost, which is usually incurred in the property’s soil and contour test. Most builders plan their quotes around M-class soil, and you may pay a bit more if your soil isn’t M-Class. Contour tests depend on the slope – the bigger the slope, the greater the cost. If you are planning to have a driveway installed, ask if it is included in the package.
Dive into the Walkthroughs in Detail
Your builders allow several walkthroughs during the construction stage and after it is completed. Make good use of every visit. It is always best to remedy problems as soon as they are caught; you want to avoid further renovation that is not covered by the warranty. If you’re unsure of anything, jot down your questions and ask the builder. Take photos of the construction, as this will help you point out flaws during and after the walkthrough.
Take your time in each orientation. Paying attention to even the smallest detail will help you achieve the home you have always dreamed of.
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