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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2017

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13 [Edition datE] 3 Building a new home So you’ve decided to build a new home. Before you dive in boots and all, there are a number of steps that need to be followed. cover all the bases when building a home. Step 1: Finance Firstly, it is important to organise your finances in advance in order to work out what you can realistically afford. There is little point getting excited about an impending building project if you have no idea how far your finances will stretch. Draw up a realistic budget of your present household expenses to see whether building a new home is in fact feasible. Once you have an idea of how much money you are able to outlay without causing yourself excessive hardship, it is time to start investigating the cost involved when constructing your new home. Step 2: purchaSing a Section Buying the right section is an essential part of the building process and as such, there are a number of important things that need to be considered. Is the section close to all necessary amenities, such as schools, shops, hospitals and public transport? Does it have a view, plenty of sun, privacy and good drainage, or is it prone to flooding, windy and miles away from civilisation? Visit at different times of the day, in different weather conditions and if time is on your side, different times of the year to see how much sun it gets in the winter when the sun is at its lowest. Also, take into consideration its potential as a building site – is access difficult? This could have an impact on building costs. Find out from your local council what services, such as water, sewage, power, phone and gas, are connected to the site. Check whether there is good television and mobile phone reception, or whether your new address means you have to scale the clothesline and hold your phone in an obscure position just to send a text message. The neighbourhood can also be a contentious issue when purchasing a section. What are the neighbours like, and are their properties well-kept? Are there overhanging trees that could cause a nuisance? Could there be a noise problem from them or their pets? Get a feel of the area, listening for traffic, animals or noisy machinery that is in use around the clock. If there is vacant land adjacent to your proposed site, find out whether the council has any plans for it and what can and can’t be built there. Before buying the section, you also need to find out what is in your council’s district plan, and what resource consents you might need. You also need to request a LIM report, which is held by your local council and outlines all information pertaining to your section regarding rates, land features, environmental issues, restrictions on land or building use, resource consents issued, potential contaminations, details about septic tanks, hazardous substances and storm water or sewage drains. The report may also contain information about sacred areas and may also provide aerial photographs. This information may help you make the all-important decision to either buy the section or leave it alone. It will also give you an indication as to whether the purchase price is fair. Step 3: chooSe and BrieF the deSigner Before deciding on a designer for your building project, it is necessary to conduct some research in order to find out which type will suit you best. Speak to a few before making your choice and liaise with them periodically once work on the design of your home has commenced. Get involved by gathering ideas for materials, fixtures, fittings and discuss them with your designer. Step 4: Finding a builder Once the plans are drawn, the materials have been chosen and your finance is arranged, the next step in the building process is likely to be finding a builder. Hiring the right builder is crucial to the whole building experience. People who have been involved in building a house typically report that the key factor in making it a happy experience is finding a good builder and subcontractors. The most common things that soured their building experience were poor workmanship, contractors not turning up, no communication, complaints overlooked, problems left unresolved, messages ignored and delays. In contrast, people who had positive experiences reported that the builders they had hired were highly skilled, honest, knowledgeable, patient and sympathetic to their goals and budget. New Stage Now Open Home sites from 480m 2 - 705m 2 Priced from $175,000 First National Real Estate Sue Mullins Barry O’Neill 021 244 1325 021 364 422 Visit Us Onsite Cnr Birches Rd & Craig Thompson Dr, Lincoln, 7 days Noon - 4pm Progressive www.flemington.co.nz