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Building a new home is complex, especially starting from scratch with just a block of land. It requires planning, preparation, organisation, management and know how.

But don’t be discouraged – millions of people have done it before you. Here are a few tips and guidelines to help ensure you succeed. This information is provided as a guide only and you should rely on your own research.

Visit home display centres and collect house plans to research the type of home you want to build
If you like certain parts of different plans, consider hiring an architect to design your dream home
If you use an architect, check out some of their previous work. Do some research; find out if their previous clients have been satisfied with their work. Some architects will give you names and addresses of previous clients for testimonials
Visit the site regularly during construction. You’re investing your hard-earned money into building a new house; make sure the construction matches your house plans/designs
If you’re unsure about how construction is going, speak to your architect, building services organisation or even your solicitor. Don’t wait until construction is complete – speak up as soon as an issue arises
If you need your builder to make changes that are different from your original plans, put them in writing. This will protect you against any discrepancies
You’ll be required to make progress payments to your builder/architect, so make sure your loan lets you do this
Insure your home during construction – don’t wait until it’s built. Talk to us early on

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