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1 d1 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Moving in this week! What to do first when you move in???

I think it'd be cheaper to upgrade your carpet to a stain resistant one, rather then scotch guarding the whole carpet.

2 d2 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Rangehood to install after hand over, possible?

I can't answer your question, but could you just get the builder to put a provision into your contract to install it, and you supply it? Saves the builders margin…

3 d3 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Is it really - PGH Blue Steel Flash Brick ?

Have they been cleaned yet?

5 d5 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
How to know fall in land and how much would it cost extra ?

Hard to tell, best bet is to talk to a builder. Fall is expensive in building and 2m is significant.700mm isn't. Probably only a few (2-4)thousand depending on other site…

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7 d7 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Construction drawing issue

Typically, if it's not in your contract or you have signed a variation, then you won't get it.

8 d8 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Slogged with an unexpected bill at end of build

I had a whole variation to sign with Site Costs, before the build. Im surprised you didn't?

9 d9 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Landscaping help No Idea!

Landscaping is not cheap, but always get 2 or 3 quotes for the same thing, you'll then know if it's reasonable or not.

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14 d14 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Construction Loan Pre-approval

I got pre-approval without any contracts sent through, no council, no HIA contract. You need the HIA contract for unconditional approval though, not council approval.
My broker did all that.…

15 d15 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Wide block with narrow floorplan

Itll really depend on the Orientation of the block, but as a whole, yes narrow builds can work well.

16 d16 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Wide block with narrow floorplan

The garage is on the short side as that's the western side, on the open side we have a horizontal slat fence and greenery around it to give privacy but…

16 d16 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Wide block with narrow floorplan

Our block is 20m wide, our house is 12m wide. I love the 6.5m side yard. Easy access when we need to bring the ute in the back yard, We're…

16 d16 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Suggestions on our floor plan

Id be inclined to agree, the meals area is too small. Because you have a theater and a living room, id keep that living/dining area and move the kitchen to…

17 d17 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Build Query - Corner cut

I am not 100% sure on what you mean, but I do know that when you change the roof line the cost can change by a considerable amount. So if…

24 d24 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Price difference metro vs regional

Are you sure that's not different franchises also? Check the inclusions. I know inclusions vary greatly among certain franchises. If that's not the case, that's ludicrous.

25 d25 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Site Costs - Other Peoples Experiences

Mine was pretty good - Site costs were $6000. Single Story house on a flatish block of land (500mm fall). From that $6000, $2000 was convenant based (coloured driveway,…

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Custom design, tender to small builders

Maybe a good plan before spending $15000 on getting someone to draw up plans would be to go to a builder. Use one of their plans with every add on…

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Custom design, tender to small builders

Mines single story also. Still talking that $1500 range here for the finished product. As I said. Other areas and builders are different but every quote I received was between…

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Custom design, tender to small builders

500k /365m2 = $1369. Including landscaping that’s going to limit who you will be building with I’d think. Most the builders in my area are $1500-$1600 and that’s the volume…

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Comment on floor plans

That's an impressive sized house! Looks good to me, unfortunately your block orientation isn't that great and you can't do much about it. There's a massive window on your theatre…

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Kitchen and appliances damaged by kitchen company

If it were my Kitchen, no way would he be "touching up" those finishes. I'd be asking for a full replacement.

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Calculation of liquidated damages

Mines a NSW HIA, it specifies weeks, not days. Therefore public holidays will not be subsidised. After typing this, I realised it has absolutely no bearing on your situation!

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
200mm dead space between my boundary and neighbour boundary

Did you receive a site plan before signing off on all your plans? It should be attached to your engineers report? It'll show where your house should have been set…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Fence Question - Unregistered neighbor land

Before I buy a block of land, if it has a fence up one side already built, Im assuming the previous owner/developer paid for it. That'd be like buying an…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Fence Question - Unregistered neighbor land

You're stuck, so either 1. Put up a cheap temporary fence like Joker recommends, or 2. Just pay for the fencing yourself and be done with it. If it's just…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

Personally, I think you're better off going to a reputable builder and talking to them. It costs nothing and until you sign a contract, it's free. You're allowed to get…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

290m2 is a massive house. 210-240m2 is more than adequate for someone without a big family. You will struggle to outgrow that.

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Double door vs single door?

Single for me. Doubles have a tendency to not seal properly. Single with a sidelight or just an oversized single.

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2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
New build - cost to extend the room size

I was always told "Roughly $1000 per sqm to make sizes bigger as long as you don't change the roof shape too much". Depends on the builder though.

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Cutting down or waiting to start build?

With Option A, if you remove those from the price and it is now a place where you're comfortable paying, do that, and if you save the money before the…

3 months3 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Land / Building Contract - Things to look out for

Welcome!
On the first part, you'll never get a break down on the build item by item. That is for the builder to know. You'll just get a complete price…

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