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Top 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Building A New Home

When fulfilling the dream of a new home, there are a range of questions that come up for everyone sooner or later. In this article, we answer the top 5 questions and some tips on what to pay attention to when building a new home.

1. How do I set a realistic budget?

The first thing to keep in mind when building a new home is your budget. When setting a budget for your new home, make sure to include not only the building cost but also the furniture, landscaping and other design costs. Compare different offers for all of these services to make sure you get yourself the best price-performance ratio. Also, even though you try to calculate the upcoming expenses as exact as possible, always include a buffer for costs you didn’t see coming!

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2. Do I have any specific needs/ features to include?

If you are looking to add specific features to your home, it is important to make sure that your chosen builder has previous experience in that area. Researching your local builders and the homes that they have built will ensure you make the right decision. Which brings us to our next point…

3. How do I find the right builder for me?

Finding a builder that works in the area you want, creates house designs you like and offers measurements your family needs can be a long and exhausting journey. The key to finding ‘the one’ for you is simply comparing offers in the market until you find what you are looking for. Here at, we simplify the process of finding and choosing a new home to build, giving you access to over 10,000 new home designs, house and land packages or land estates from Australia’s leading builders and developers.

You can also check out this handy and informative article about questions you should be asking your potential builder.

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4. How ‘fix’ is the package I am buying?

Most builders today offer house and land or home design packages that seem to include everything necessary. But, after having a closer look they, often provide the most basic features only and anything extra will cost you extra, too. Be aware of the fact that display homes, for example, are often equipped way better than the standard home design is. To answer your question: read the small print. Every business handles their packages and the inclusions differently, which is why the only way to check the ‘fixness’ of your package is by double-checking the building contract for what really is included.

5. What permits and rules do I need to keep an eye on?

Some areas come along with a lot of rules and limitations to obey when building in them. These might be a maximum building height, cutting down trees on the property or guidelines concerning water and electricity connections. The process and fees will vary from state to state and between different councils. Before you start to build, you need to be prepared for the costs, paperwork and time involved in securing permits with your council.

If you have any questions about the home building process, including finding the correct house plan, builder or developer, then don’t hesitate to call us on 1800 184 284 or book a call online at a time that suits you.

Lara Ziegler

Lara has always enjoyed experiencing different architectural styles and housing all over the world. She is also interested in interior design and loves to furnish and design rooms.


iBuildNew is the market leading aggregator dedicated to residential home construction and land development. As an independent platform, iBuildNew helps Australians identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

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