How to avoid costly mistakes when building a new home or investment

Are you starting on the home building journey? There are many things to consider before you start. Failing to do so can end up being a costly mistake.

20 December, 2022
How to avoid costly mistakes when building a new home or investment

How to avoid costly mistakes when building a new home

Building a new home is an expensive and complicated endeavour. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and even a small mistake can end up costing you a lot of money. ES Design goes over some of the most common mistakes people make when building a new home and how you can avoid them.

Set a budget

One of the most important things you must do is to work out how much building or designing a new home will realistically cost you – plus extra for any problems that may arise.  

Leave it to the professionals 

Whatever you do, unless you are a professional builder by trade, don’t be an owner-builder. Sometimes people think of building their home as a DIY project. However, this can be fraught with danger. It could cost you a large amount of money while also putting your health at risk.

Hire the right people

Hire the right building designer or architect. This is crucial if you want your home build to be a success, starting from the ground up. When looking at finding the right tradespeople, this is one of the most important steps you need to take.

Not doing your research 

One of the most common mistakes people make when building a new home is not doing their research. There are many moving parts to building a new home, and it’s essential to understand them before you start. Otherwise, you could end up making a costly mistake. Do your research before you start building, and share your preferences with the professionals you have selected so that the project has a solid foot forward before construction begins. 

Ask the question: Do I need Development Approval? 

In NSW, most minor developments won’t need approval. For example, if you are adding a deck or a carport to your home that is no greater than 25 square metres, there is no need to get council approval.

If you are building a new home or undertaking a significant renovation, you need a DA. This process involves getting a range of documents and certifications signed before any building starts. Development approval in NSW can be a challenging process that requires time and a lot of patience. When you start on the development path, there are many things to look out for, and it’s easy to miss something without expert guidance. 

The Environment Planning & Assessment Act 1979, sets penalties of up to $1.1 million for unauthorised or non-complying developments. Depending on the council and the extent of the development work, you can be issued an on-the-spot infringement notice for each breach that you commit up to $1,500 (for individuals) and $3,000 (for companies).

Factor in the time it takes for Development Approval.

So how long does Development Approval take? Submitting a Development Application can be long and arduous unless you have expert help. The DA approval process can be one of the most frustrating things about building a home. The average time for a development approval also depends on the size and scope of the development. Once the DA is lodged with council, it can take 21 to 90 days before a decision is made. At ES Design, we can help by consulting with our extensive network of suppliers to produce a package for submission to the certifying authority. We then act as a liaison between the council, giving you updates from approval through to construction. 

Don’t sign contracts without knowing exactly what you’re signing

It’s easy to think that a contract is a legal document that no one understands, so signing it is just part of the process. However, when building a home, the documents you sign can have serious consequences further down the road if not fully understood. If in doubt, ask a legal professional to look over it.

You can trust ES Design for your dream building project

Regarding building design, ES Design is at the forefront of the industry. We focus on you to find out what your exact needs are. It’s only then that we can determine exactly what the brief is to create your vision. Our town planners will maximise the potential of your land, while our building designers will use these recommendations to align with your brief to create your dream home. We also specialise in streamlining DAs for our clients, armed with a clear understanding of local and state legislation and decades of experience.

At ES Design, we capture all necessary information to do with your development, taking the time to understand your requirements and the compliance surrounding them. If you’d like to find out more or to book an appointment, call us today on 0460 000 000.

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