Building a New Home: Top 10 Expert Tips on Getting Started

Are you contemplating the idea of building a new home in the picturesque Illawarra, Shoalhaven, or Southern Highlands regions? Whether it is accommodating a growing family or crafting an investment property, the journey of building a new home can be both thrilling and challenging.
To guide you through this transformative experience and provide you with valuable insights from our years of expertise, we have put together this comprehensive guide:

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1. Define Your Vision

The first step on your journey is to get clear on your vision. Understand your lifestyle, your family’s needs, and your long-term goals. This will serve as your north star throughout the entire building process, ensuring that your dream home takes shape just as you imagined.

2. Financial Clarity

Establishing a clear budget from the outset is pivotal. Consider all potential expenses, including materials, labour, approvals, and fees. With Mincove Homes, we will provide you with a transparent overview of expected costs through a free tender (quote), helping you to plan your finances meticulously.

3. Expert Builder Selection

Choosing the right builder is paramount. Seek out experienced professionals who align with your vision and values. At Mincove Homes, our team of experts specialises in knock down rebuilds, custom homes, new builds, and split-level homes. We bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure your building journey is not only seamless but also enriching. If your building company is not up to date on current building standards, such as BASIX, it would be wise to ask more questions and ensure they are compliant with the most recent building regulations.

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4. Location Matters

The location of your new home is a crucial consideration. Weigh factors like proximity to schools, work, amenities, and transportation. Consider the climate, landscape, and neighborhood vibe. With Mincove Homes, we can assist with a wide range of projects, including knock down rebuilds to revamp your existing location or securing a vacant block in a more desirable area.

5. Design Your Dream

Collaborate with our home building designers, drafters, architects, and engineers to design a home that embodies your vision. Tailor every detail to your lifestyle, from room layout to functionality. Mincove Homes offers custom design options to ensure your dream home truly reflects your unique style and requirements.

6. Navigating the Process

Building a new home can be a complex journey, and your builder and trusted partner should be there to guide and update you every step of the way, which is what you get with Mincove Homes. Assisting you in obtaining necessary documentation, approvals, and provide regular updates on construction progress is all part of the service when you partner with a new home builder. 

7. Sustainable Solutions for a Greener Future

Building your new home in New South Wales in 2023, brings exciting changes in sustainability and energy efficiency standards, thanks to the Australian NSW Government’s updated BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) regulations. Effective from October 1, 2023, these changes not only raise the bar for thermal performance and energy efficiency but also introduce new requirements for calculating and recording embodied emissions of building materials. This transformative shift promises significant benefits, including cost savings, increased comfort, and a substantial reduction in carbon emissions.

Here is a closer look at what to expect when building your new home with any builder especially Mincove Homes, we are prepared to navigate these progressive updates together:

  • Increased Standards: New BASIX standards have taken effect, with higher thermal performance and energy efficiency requirements. These standards aim to reduce heating and cooling needs and decreasing carbon emissions.
  • Cost Savings: Adhering to the updated BASIX standards may lead to cheaper energy bills, potentially resulting in notable annual savings on energy expenses, as estimated by the Australian Government^.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Homes built with these standards will naturally maintain more comfortable temperatures, reducing the need for heating or cooling systems, enhancing overall comfort.
  • Environmental Benefits: The stricter BASIX standards contribute to the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050^ and will save an estimated 150,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.
  • Transition Period: For current homebuyers who have already signed building contracts for new houses before October 1, 2023, have a nine-month transition period to use the pre October 1 BASIX standards, providing financial relief.

These changes align with national policies aimed at achieving zero-emission homes and emphasise thermal performance, energy efficiency, and embodied emissions of building materials. When choosing to build a new home with home builders like Mincove Homes, you should prepare for these updated standards to create more sustainable and cost-effective residences in 2023 to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050^.

Source: BASIX Certificate Increase to BASIX Standards – NSW Government commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050^

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8. Future-Proofing

Think about your home’s long-term usability. Plan for future needs, whether it is accommodating a growing family or creating versatile spaces that can adapt to changing lifestyles. Investing in flexible design now can save you from costly renovations down the road.

9. Quality Control

Ensure that you or your chosen builder maintains strict quality control throughout the construction process. Regular inspections and communication are key to identifying and addressing any issues promptly, to ensure your home is built to the highest building standards.

10. Legal Considerations

Understand the legal aspects of building in your region, including permits, zoning regulations, and contracts. Consulting with legal professionals and experts in local building codes can help you navigate potential pitfalls and ensure a smooth construction process. 

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Mincove Homes Drafting Plans with Mincove Homes Pen

Building your dream home is an exciting journey filled with possibilities. These 10# expert tips, from defining your vision to embracing sustainability, are your guide to success. With Mincove Homes, we will navigate this journey together, ensuring your dream home becomes a reality. Your Home for Life.

Ready to start your new home building journey? Contact Mincove Homes and let their family build your family a new dream home.

Your journey begins now.

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Mincove Homes Published on Oct 11, 2023 5 minute read

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