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Building? 5 questions to ask before you sign anything

September 25, 2015

Building a new home is a big financial commitment. So it’s important to get it right.

Obviously we think prebuilt homes are the way to go. They’re low cost and easy. But not all prebuilt homes are made equal and, our bias aside, a prebuilt home may not be the best option for your property.

So here are 5 questions you should ask before you get started (and sign anything).

1. CAN I GET CONSENT FOR WHAT I PLAN TO DO?

The first thing to consider is your local council regulations. Will you simply need the standard building and site consents or will you require a resource consent as well? Different councils have different rules so you will need to find out what’s required for your particular site.

It’s best to look at this upfront so you know what’s involved – it might be very straightforward or it could be quite complex (don’t worry, either way we can help you through this process)

2. CAN I GET A PREBUILT (TRANSPORTABLE) HOME ONTO MY SITE?

The next thing to figure out is whether a transportable home can be placed on your site. What is your site like? How easy is it to access the site?

But it’s not just the final landing place, the route from the yard to your site also needs to be considered. Are there any hazards along the way?

A site visit by the building company and/or their transporter is advisable. Get written confirmation that they have reviewed the site and route and are confident your home can be transported and landed.

3. WHAT CAN I GET FOR MY MONEY?

Everyone has a budget. Before getting started we advise that you work out a total budget. The transportable house itself is only part of the total cost. You will need to consider at least the following:

  • House cost (ex yard)
  • Transportation cost
  • Foundations
  • Drainlaying
  • Decks
  • Landscaping
  • Council fees

Once you have an idea of these costs you can determine what you can achieve within your budget.

4. WHAT ARE THE BUILD SPECIFICATIONS?

Not all prebuilt homes are built to the same standard. Visit the show homes to get a feel for the quality and specifications. You should also ask about the following:

  • How qualified and experienced are the builders?
  • What is the quality of the finishing details?
  • How solid/sturdy is the construction?
  • Are the homes built to maximise weather tightness?
  • What is the sub-floor like?
  • Are the homes built specifically for transport?

5. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

Make sure you know what’s included in the final price (this will also help you with determining your total budget). Does the price include (like ours does)

  • Painting (inside and out)
  • Insulation (floor, walls, ceiling)
  • Double glazed windows
  • Electrics
  • Plumbing and tap ware (including outside taps)
  • Kitchen fit-out
  • Bathroom fit-out
  • Hot water cylinder

With an Ezyline home all you need to add is floor and window coverings, appliances and your furniture and you’re ready to live.

Too many things to think about?

Don’t worry, we do this everyday.

We can help you through these questions and provide a simple, stress free way to build your new home, batch, or granny flat.

Call me (Wallace) on 07 572 0230 and let’s talk.