Walking through that shiny, spotless display home and viewing each and every feature of the brochure before your very eyes can easily get you thinking that your home is going to be exactly the same. It’s hardly surprising then that understanding what is and what isn’t included with your new build is often incredibly confusing! To help you better understand all things standard inclusions, we’ve got the lowdown on what you need to know before signing the dotted line.
What’s In And What’s Extra?
Display homes are arranged to showcase the most flattering features of the design and present the very best a builder can offer. While what’s ‘standard’ inevitably varies with each builder, ‘standard inclusions’ refers to the range of features and finishes included in the basic price of a home…
All new homes will generally come complete with basic features such as a hot-water service, floor coverings and lighting installed at the time of handover. Depending on the builder, it’s also common for certain fixed appliances including the stove, dishwasher and even airconditioning to be amongst the list of standard inclusions.
What definitely doesn’t fall on this list, however, are decor items and plug-in appliances. While packages with extras such as wallpapers, landscaping and stone benchtops can often be discovered, it’s important to bear in mind that such features – even when part of a deal – will usually only be available at a higher price. Inclusions aren’t always truthful so bear in mind that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Its normal practice for upgrades and options to be indicated throughout the display home. Builders will also be able to supply you with a complete list of standard inclusions. In addition to further detailed breakdowns available online and in provided brochures, on-site sales consultants can be a wealth of information. It’s great for understanding what’s on offer in the home you’re interested in. Make the most of their experience and take a personal guided tour that will leave you with no doubt as to what is covered in the upfront price. It’s often better to take the time from the very beginning and save yourself any future disappointment or confusion down the line.
You can also use our handy printable checklist to have an objective overview of what upgrades to make to address your needs.
Changing Your Mind
If you think you’re alone in changing your mind, you’re definitely mistaken. It’s a pretty common situation: sign the contract and then get a change of heart. What’s often forgotten is that a contract is a legally binding document and if you do seek to alter or venture beyond the standard inclusions after signing, the builder is under no obligation to accommodate your request. In reality, it often boils down to what the change is and how much of an impact it will have upon the schedule. You can read more about building contracts here.
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