There are generally a number of questions that are on the top of the list for most of our clients. These may include information about pricing, timeframes and specific building regulations. Check out our list of FAQ's for some answers to common concerns.
Beware of asking this question, especially when you are speaking with sales people, they tend to overlook the "unknown" factors and concentrate on Base Price Selling convincing you that the first price they give is the final price.
Many factors can affect the cost of a home and this is not limited to the level of inclusions you select. Factors such as complexity of design, site conditions, council regulations, bushfire requirements and many more. Often when obtaining quotes it is impossible to compare "Apples with Apples", so be sure to ask about these factors when negotiating your new home price.
This is also a question that must be asked carefully. Unfortunately the term "Site Costs" has become a haven for companies to hide many items, often blaming regulatory authorities such as WorkCover and Council for cost blowouts. The truth is each site has its own individual issues that must be overcome in order to build your new home. To obtain an accurate costing on "Site Costs" some investigation of your site must occur:
1. A site inspection by your Builder - This allows the builder to understand not only the condition of your site, but also if there are any concerns for access, storage and safety.
2. A Topographical (Contour) Survey - By obtaining this information the builder will then be able to site your home correctly and allow for any excavation issues and ensure the right home is selected for your block.
3. A Bore Hole test - This is carried out by a registered Engineer which offers information relating to the required depth of piers as well as a site (or soil) classification. This will determine the strength of the concrete required for your slab and give you a much more accurate assessment of the "Site Costs".
Most builders in the project home sector will answer NO to this question. The main reason for this is their inability to deviate from their "Cookie Cutter" system.
Our answer is YES. Provided the plans that you have had drawn meet the standards required for the purposes of construction then we are more than happy to bring your dream to life. Obviously you will need to ensure you own the copyright to the plans which is as easy as obtaining a letter of release from the draftsperson/architect that you engaged to draw them.
This is a very common question and unlike most project home builders Hampshire Homes can allow some of the works to be carried out by the owner. This will depend on the type of work you would like to undertake and how it affects the project as a whole. Due to insurance restrictions there are a few requirements that need to be met by you in order for these works to be allowable under our insurer. If this applies to you please speak with us about your situation and we will let you know what is possible.
This is dependant on the type of home you are building, where it is to be built and what specific features the home has. Although this question is near impossible to answer it is possible to catagorize the home and offer realistic targets for construction timeframes. Obviously the below should only be used as a guide as each situation can vary.
1: Single Storey - From initial consultation to handover will take between 6 and 9 months if there is a smooth approvals process. From Slab to completion will be between 3 - 5 months.
2. Double Storey - From initial consultation to handover will take between 7 - 11 months provided there is a smooth approvals process. From slab to completion will be between 5 - 7 months.
3. Split Level Homes - From initial consultation to handover will be similar to that of a double storey home. This will depend on the complexity of the home design and the specific site conditions affecting the build.
In the building industry there are many aspects to be wary of, giveaway deals should be at the forefront of concern. When dealing with a building company it is often very important to be armed with the questions or concerns that you may have to ensure you receive the information that you require to sufficiently compare builders or quotes. Giveaway deals are generally a diversion tactic employed by many sales people to divert your attention from the real issues. When validating an upgrade package the question should be asked "How can the builder afford to give these items to me for free?" It is often the case that whilst the deal looks legit, the variable items of the quote such as "Site Costs" are left unaddressed in the sales process.
Hampshire Homes will not insult your intelligence or treat you as a dummy. We will discuss all aspects of building both good and bad. This way you are able to make an informed decision armed with the knowledge of the "what if's" and a complete understanding of the process and everything it entails.