1. How do I know if the home I want will suit my land?

You must know your boundary off sets – these can vary from state to state and council to council, and even subdivision to subdivision. Some councils will allow a trade off on boundaries or concessions. For example, if you are on a corner block and the standard set backs are 6m from both boundaries, you may be able to set the home further back on one boundary and move forward on the other providing you are not causing an issue with the RTA and effecting the vision of passing traffic.

Councils will also have a height restriction on most subdivisions or areas where views can be adversely effected. This can be very costly if your plans are not professionally drawn to the correct levels taken either by the owner or the drafting firm. It has been known for owners to have to demolish part of, or all of construction due to breeching the height limits.

Another reason to think carefully who you use to assist you! Remember there are some very inexperienced drafting people out there. An inaccurate plan can cost you dearly.

2. How often do I need to be on site during construction?

This all depends if you are working to a system or not. A good system will minimize the need to be on site as often compared with not having a system.

A professional system will be easy for the trades to follow without you having to stand around making sure they build what you want. A good system will have work orders with high-level detail on that work order. And a good work order system will have legal terminology protecting you from paying too early or too much.

If you do engage a professional service provider like UBuild Homes, we recommend you try to call on site once a day just to check on progress. You will want to do that anyway because it is exciting to see how progress is going. The trades then have an opportunity to ask questions and give you some suggestions for a better outcome. Or you may identify a certain stage of construction going wrong and because you are there daily you have the chance to re-do that section before it is too late.

3.  What exactly is “Lock Up Stage”?

Normally this is when you can go up to the front or rear door, open the door and all you see inside is bare frames and trusses, no electrical, no plaster, no kitchen, tiling, etc. The fascia and gutter is on, eaves are in, external cladding or brickwork complete, roof is on, slab or bearers and joists are complete with sheet flooring down.