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Frequently Asked Questions
Should I buy my land before contacting a builder, or talk to a builder before I buy land?
As a custom home builder, most of the time we work with clients who have already purchased their land and we build on their block. However, it can benefit you to contact a builder whilst you’re still looking at land, as he can help you get a better idea of the costs associated with building on that specific block of land. (When looking for suitable blocks remember that gentle sloping blocks or flat blocks are generally easier and more affordable to build on). Ultimately though, the land you end up with will dictate much about the design of your home. So while it may be obvious that we can’t start building a home until you have a place to build it, what might not be so obvious – but is just as important to know – is that we really can’t design a home either until we know exactly what kind of building conditions we will have.
Do we get to select the building materials such as appliances, tapware, floor coverings and other fixtures for our home?
Absolutely! Here at Benedictus Group you will be able to fully customize your home to fit your budget and your tastes. We believe that building your new home should be an exciting experience so we work with you throughout this process to guide you and answer all of your questions (We can also accompany you when you visit our suppliers to help make your choices if you like). This personal approach, from the very first meeting through completion to our follow-up service ensures that you have maximum input into both the design and the inclusions of your new home.
Is it possible to change the floor plan layout and keep the same outside appearance?
Yes it is. In fact, we discourage rubber stamping of existing designs onto your building site. All our plans are customised to meet the needs and budget of clients just like you and take full advantage of the site. If however there is a plan or elevation that really appeals to you we are more than happy to modify it to suit. Alternately, you can use any of our plans as a starting point on achieving your ultimate design. We can offer different options for the external appearance of a particular floor plan, by changing the roof shape, colours, materials etc.
How can I be confident the builder is experienced & reputable?
Have you seen other finished work of the builder’s? Have you spoken to past clients to find out if they are satisfied with their homes and the builder? As part of your due diligence, just like researching any property purchase, ask to speak to previous clients or request a tour through one of the builder’s homes – one currently under construction or already completed and look for evidence of quality workmanship.
What is included with the quoted home price?
Most project builders will quote you a base price and you need to understand what is – and what isn’t – included in the quoted build price. Sometimes a house on show at a display village can cost almost twice the base price, so ask the builder as many questions as possible. Some builders also may not include some site works or features including floor coverings, landscaping, driveways or air conditioning and once you add in these costs, now the low price doesn’t look so great! Most reputable builders will include majority of these costs in their base price but it’s always worth asking the question. Where these features are in the price, understand what exactly is included. Landscaping may consist of some turf while the driveway may just be a concrete slab, not the textured finish you had in mind. Decide what is important to you in terms of finishes and make sure you understand how that might impact on your budget.
Make sure you receive quotation with an itemised specifications/inclusions list and as difficult as it is to compare, read through thoroughly to ensure you are comparing “apples with apples”. Keep in mind the cheapest quote is never the best and when you’re spending your hard earned money, take your time and don’t be rushed into signing on the dotted line.
What construction guarantees do you offer?
We are legally obliged to provide each contract with a Warranty Insurance Certificate. This certificate is insurance on the building which provides structural protection for 6 ½ years from the date a certificate of occupancy is issued. Further there is a 90 day maintenance period whereby we come and fix any minor issues with the home once you move in.