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You’ve got your land and you’re ready to look for a home to go on it. The Department of Commerce offers two golden rules in this situation: don’t sign anything with a builder until you’ve read the fine print and confirm everything important in writing and keep a copy.
- Select the builders that build homes within your price range and take a wander through their display homes
- Look beyond the beautiful furnishings and pay attention to the quality of the finish and workmanship
- Get feedback from former clients to tell you what it's like dealing with the builder and the quality of workmanship
- Clarify what the contract includes. For example does the cost include landscaping, paths and driveways, fencing, garden taps, flyscreens and floor tiling?
- Read the Building Commission's checklist for building a new home for a list of possible add-ons
- Check the builder's licence with the relevant licensing authority to ensure there are no claims against the builder.
- Make sure the home design you choose suits the block of land
- Check and okay all reports and changes to plans and specifications before building begins - changes along the way will cost you money
- Stay informed during the building process.
- If you use a standard contract from government and industry bodies, have it checked by your solicitor to ensure it meets your needs.
- You may be required to pay your builder a deposit and then progress payments along the way. There are loans specially tailored for making progress payments.
Read the Building Commission's comprehensive checklist to building your new home
Visit the Housing Industry Association website
to find a tradesman or for advice on building and renovating
Check you builder's licence at the WA Builders Registration Board