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The 9 Stages of Building a House in Australia

The 9 Stages of Building a House in Australia
5th December 2022

Building a house is a landmark moment for most Australians. Building your home signals the beginning of a new life and a fresh start – but, as many would know, it’s also a process that happens in staging. At Maidment, we strive to make the process of building a new home in North Queensland easy. 

From research, to building, and putting the finishing touches on your dream home, this article will explain what you can expect and how you can prepare for the different stages of building a house in North Queensland, and Australia. 

The Process of Building a New Home 

1. Sorting out finances 

Financial planning is the first step in building a home in Australia. It is important to know how much money you have to spend on your project and what you can (and cannot) buy. There are also many different loan options available, and it is important to compare them before making a decision.

Building a home is a big investment, so spend some time doing your homework, finding the best rate, and getting all of your finances in order before you even consider building a house in Australia. The best way to make sure your finances are in order to purchase a home is to seek professional assistance through a mortgage broker. A mortgage broker will be able to work with you to determine how much you can afford to spend and borrow, and provide a range of different suitable financial products depending on your financial circumstances and objectives. 

Maidment Group also offer Low Deposit Finance Options to assist clients in moving into their home with as little as a $5,000 deposit. To learn more about our finance options, get in touch with the friendly team today at Maidment Group.

2. Buying land

Building your dream home starts with buying the land on which you plan to build. For those looking to build, there are a few elements to consider before making a major purchase.

When buying land, the first thing to consider is cost. The cost of land can vary significantly from one area or suburb to the next, which is why it is important to seek out locations that match your land size expectations, while also considering local amenities.

Another important factor to consider is the zoning of the land that you are looking to purchase. Zoning regulations can differ from one state to another and have implications on what you can and cannot build – so it’s important to understand what is possible before you buy. Some areas allow for residential construction only, while others may have strict rules about commercial development.

When you work with Maidment Group, we’ll cover the important components of finding the right block in our initial meeting. Our team will help you to select the perfect block of land for your dream home, and discuss your home design, lifestyle, and budget.

3. Choosing the right builder 

When it comes to choosing the right builder, you want to make sure that you find someone with experience that you can trust to do a good job.

One of the best ways to find a good builder is to check their past catalogue of work. Seeing finished samples of their work is a great way to understand the kind of result that you can expect. The Harris Crossing Display Village is a great place to start – you can explore 8 brand new homes complete with newest trends and home designs by some of Townsville’s favourite builders.

Building a house is a big investment, so it’s important to make sure that you’re working with a builder you can trust. Take your time and choose someone that you are comfortable with. 

Working with Maidment Group, you can be confident in our proven track record of delivering exceptional residential estates and homes across North Queensland.

4. Base stage

The base stage is the first stage in the actual build of your home. It lays the foundation for the building that follows and involves excavation, land levelling, and installing the underground connections such as stormwater systems, plumbing, and electrical wiring that is required for your home. Once this has been complete, our builders can pour the concrete slab and the base stage is then complete.

5. Frame stage

The frame stage is an important stage of the building process. Making sure that the frame is level and square will ensure that the house is not built on an angle. Once the frame is level and square, you can then consider the type of lumbar that will be used on the house, measure it, and cut the boards to size.

6. Lock-up/Enclosed stage

The lock-up or enclosed stage of building a home is when the shell of the house is complete and all of the external cladding, doors, and windows are in place. The lock-up/enclosed stage is essential as it protects the internal structure of the house from weather damage and means that the house is now ready for internal fittings.

During lock-up/enclosed stage, our builders will: 

  • Erect structural walls and roof frames
  • Install roofing, guttering and downpipes
  • Install windows and external doors
  • Fit bracing to the external walls
  • Install any internal partitions
  • Apply render or cladding to the outside of the house.

In general, the local-up stage will take anywhere from 2-3 months to complete based on the size and complexity of the build.

7. Fixing & fit-off stage

The fixing and fit-off stage of the home is usually rolled into one and includes the stage when all fixtures and fittings are installed in the house – making it ready for final occupancy.

Fixing and fit-off also includes connecting all the services to the house such as water, electricity, and gas.

8. Final build 

Once the house is wired up and ready for living, it’s time to apply those final interior touches that make a house a home. This can include putting up drywall, installing doors and trim, painting, and laying flooring. The order in which these tasks are completed can vary depending on the project, but all of them need to be done before the house is considered "finished". These are all design elements that we carefully plan with you during the M Homes Townsville build process.

9. Post-build stage

The post build stage of a home construction is when the major work is complete, and the house is ready for occupancy. This stage includes the finishing touches and also involves a final inspection and handover of the property by the builder and the homeowner. Once the post-build stage is complete, your home is ready for move-in day!

Ready to get started on building your dream home? Here at Maidment Group, we are committed to providing residents with a home that is suitable to the lifestyle they want to live. With a variety of home designs to choose from, which cater for all lifestyles & budgets, making the move into a new home has never been easier. Get in touch with our friendly team today to learn more about building a new home in North Queensland with Maidment Group.