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Kit Homes Help Owner Builders and Builders

Kit Homes Make Life Easier for Owner Builders and Builders. In fact, Kit Homes can make life easier for everyone! At UBuild Homes we even have builders who are buying kit home packages from us because of the saving in time and money over the life of the project.

Help with Kit HomesSo if you are considering Owner Building you have to ask yourself if a kit home package with a proven step by step system is going to add value to your role as the Project Manager.

To understand better what these benefits are you first have to understand the amount of work, time and energy that goes into the specifying, ordering and scheduling of materials for any building project.

Developers and Builders are finding the process very cumbersome and costly so are looking at every opportunity to cost effectively outsource this function. So why don’t Owner Builders do the same? Well, the reason is that Owner Builders think they will get better pricing by shopping around. Sometimes they might, but most often they don’t. In fact most times, unless you are an Owner Builder and you work in the construction industry with access to buying power and trade accounts, you will actually pay much much more.

You see, building supply companies see Owner Builders as a prime profit opportunity. As they don’t provide repeat business they will nearly always pay full retail price for all materials. So when they add it all up the price they pay for a package of materials to lock up stage can often be as much as 20% more than what it would have cost if they had sourced it through a kit home company with a builders licence who has access to trade buying power. 

One developer has identified the value in the UBuild System and Kit Home Package as a complete new way of doing business. He simply outsources all the systems and material construction delivery schedules. UBuild Homes have 45 years experience in residential construction with the past 20 years developing excellent systems from design management construction management in the form of construction work orders, purchase orders, final hand over processes, and account tracking systems.

Many builders are great at building and not so good on the administration side of things. UBuild Homes are currently working with builders all over Australia providing packages of systems, processes and materials to suit the construction needs.

Many builders simply do not have time to do the estimating and quoting accurately and effectively and many Owner Builders simply don’t have the skill or experience. So if UBuild Homes are doing something that builders, developers and finance companies are supporting then why not consider this approach as an Owner Builder. You might be surprised by the outcome.

Guardian Angels Helping Owner Builders

“When it comes to building a home , what you think you’re getting and what you actually get can often be very different things. As the family home or investment property are often the biggest financial commitment that most people will undertake in their lives, it is extremely important to get it right in the first place. There are so many things that can go wrong when building a home, and the definition for the word “wrong” usually means “at your expense”!

Owner Builders - The AnsellsGiven today’s current economic climate there is little room for mistakes.

To employ a builder is a risk on its own, as they may be a great tradesman but not always a great communicator. To employ a builder or building service you will pay a premium for the management of the other trades and the management fee can be considerably higher than you would think. It may be the difference of getting your dream home or getting a home at all.

Sometimes the building services will direct you into choices that save them money, not you, and they don’t always inform you of the latest technology or cost effective options that can benefit you.

If you are not a builder, to attempt to build a home on your own is a daunting task which needs experience. So there’s got to be away to save money and get what you want without all the stress!

I want everybody to know there are Guardian Angels out there – not so pretty – but it’s their thoughts and support that counts.  All I can say is: thank God for UBuild Homes! It’s no wonder that they are growing like wild flowers across the country. For a minimal fee you can have a hand held service with all the building experience of generations of building experts. In fact there’s really no fee at all because they have the bigger buying power than the average builder or that you can ever hope to achieve. So it’s simply a win win situation! 

The support and professionalism can only be truly appreciated once you have gone through the experience. At the end of the day, all final decisions are of course up to you, but at least it has been a well informed and educated decision. It gives you the opportunity to talk directly with the trades so you can communicate clearly with no loss of information via a 3rd or 4th party.

Ubuild Homes will always be a few steps ahead of you, pre-empting the things that you may not be aware of and eagerly ready to resolve any unexpected scenarios – which from time to time do happen no matter how careful the planning. So like their true Guardian Angel form, they are there for moral support as well as their building expertise.

If it hadn’t been for UBuild Homes we would still be waiting on the council. Thank goodness they stepped in and knew who to speak to and what to say to get me off the merry-go-round.

I cannot thank UBuild Homes enough for their professionalism, honesty, integrity and the genuine will to help others achieve their goals. It’s no wonder UBuild Homes are leading the way of the future, today.

Live life by design and not by default…

Take control of your life and get what you desire…

… but why not fast track it and follow the path of someone who is already leading and lighting the way –
UBuild Homes.

I wish UBuild Homes every success they deserve.

Thank you so much for making our dreams a reality.”

Lisa And Marty Ansell
Port Macquarie, NSW

Owner Building an Extension

Greens Extension“UBuild was an integral part of our owner builder journey – we just couldn’t have done it without UBuild’s assistance. From the planning of our extension right through to lock up, UBuild’s experience, knowledge and advice were essential in the success of our owner builder project. 

Barry and his team were always available and more than happy to take our (numerous) calls for advice when we needed them. They were able to source materials quickly and competitively.     

So thank you UBuild – not only have you helped to save us thousands of dollars – you’ve also helped make our owner builder journey a fulfilling and rewarding one.”

Angela and Gary Green
Hervey Bay

The Granny Flat Makes a Come Back

Adding Granny FlatsIf you ask the government (local, state or federal) they will call it a “secondary dwelling”. If you ask the public what that means you will get a blank stare. But ask the public what a Granny Flat is and you will get instant recognition.

The context of this article is based on these facts:

  1. There is a severe shortage of affordable rental housing in Australia.
  2. Housing affordability continues to rise in Australia making it one of the least affordable countries in the world now to purchase a home. 
  3. Governments are recognising this.

A Granny Flat planning document was recently issued by the NSW Government. If you live in NSW and are considering building a Granny Flat on your property then it is well worth a read.

The document is titled: Supporting Affordable Rental Housing – Granny Flats (Secondary Dwellings) and can be downloaded through this link: NSW Govt Granny Flats

The NSW Government are doing everything they can to make building a Granny Flat easier. They are providing a dedicated State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) to cover all local council areas.

In the past Granny Flats were only permitted by local councils under very strict and complicated local planning and environmental plans. The new policy is state based and is basically the state government saying to local government, “This is the way it is”. The NSW Government sees this as a logical (and some would say radical) plan towards boosting the supply of rental accommodation.

Owner Building a Granny Flat is a great option. There are 3 basic options:

  1. Convert part of your existing home into a Granny Flat. 
  2. Build an extension onto your existing home and turn this into a Granny Flat.
  3. Build a new fully detached Granny Flat on your property.

Now there are still a few rules you need to consider and the government document is a good a summary. Bear in mind that not all states have undertaken the same initiative as the NSW Government in promoting the building of Granny Flats, so do some research.

If you need help in assessing how to build a Granny Flat on your existing property then give us a call. We’d be delighted to help.