Building your dream home is a daunting yet exciting task! The decisions involved in the building process can be overwhelming, no matter if you’re an experienced builder or doing this for the first time.
We’re here to help relieve some of that stress with our comprehensive home-building checklist!
This will provide you with all of the essential items to consider while designing and constructing your ideal abode. Of course there are other features you could consider when building a new home too.
Building a new home can be a time-consuming process, but using our checklist below will make sure you don't overlook anything important!
- Choose a reputable builder with a proven track record of quality work.
- Review your building contract and ensure that it includes all relevant details.
- Obtain building permits and approvals before construction begins - often your builder will handle this for you.
- Set a realistic budget and stick to it.
- Decide on a floor plan and design that meets your needs and preferences.
- Work with the in-house designer of your builder to create a detailed blueprint of your home.
- Select all finishes, fixtures, and fittings ahead of time to avoid delays.
- Regularly inspect the construction site to ensure that the work is progressing as planned.
- Communicate frequently with your builder to address any concerns or issues that arise.
- Stay involved in the construction process and ask questions when you need clarification.
- Conduct a final inspection before settlement on the home to ensure that everything is complete and finished to a high standard. Most builders will have this meeting as mandatory.
- Obtain all necessary warranties and guarantees for the home and its components. Again, any reputable builder will hand all of this over at the end of construction.
- Obtain proper insurance coverage for the new home.
- Plan for landscaping and outdoor features to be installed after construction is complete (unless this is part of your building contract).
- Have a contingency plan in case of delays or unforeseen issues during construction. For example if you are renting, and you live in a city where it rains a lot, do not have your lease ending a few days after construction is scheduled to finish. Give yourself a buffer.
- Consider energy-efficient features such as solar panels, extra insulation, and high-efficiency air conditioning systems.
- Plan for adequate storage space and build-in robe organisation systems.
- Install proper lighting and consider adding extra electrical outlets in certain areas of the home.
- Choose durable and easy-to-clean materials for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
- Plan for accessibility features such as wider doorways and wheelchair ramps if needed.
- Consider smart home features such as remote thermostat control and security systems.
- Plan for sufficient parking and storage space for vehicles and outdoor equipment.
- Choose appropriate landscaping that is suitable for the climate and location.
- Consider security features such as exterior lighting, motion sensors, and high-security locks.
- Plan for sufficient storage space for tools, lawn equipment, and other outdoor items.