Building a new home is a big decision and an exciting experience. However, it requires careful planning and budgeting. There are lots of factors to take in and absorb, especially if it’s your first time building. We have compiled a rough guide to lead you through the process of home building. Some tips, advice, referrals and cost related components will be highlighted below with the hope of giving you clear ideas of what building a new home is about.


Budgeting is the key. Before going ahead and make that final decision, you’d need to lay out all the costs associated and evaluate your financial capability. Building a new home is not a walk in the park. The process can be complicated. There are 2 ways to build your new home:

The first is by going through a reputable builder in the industry. These include companies like Masterton, Eden Brae, Mcdonald jones Homes and Metricon. Visit display home centres like HOMEWORLD to check out the styles of home you’d like to build, keeping in mind an approximate figure you’d like to spend.

The second method is building the home yourself-Owner Builder. This requires much more experience, financial backup and of course an owner-builder- permit to supervise building your own residential home.

When budgeting, remember to keep in mind other costs related while building such as rental expenses and skip bins hire in Sydney to clear out your building wastes, garden soils for landscaping etc.


Once you have visited the display home centres and select the home style/ builder which you love. It’s time to sit down and carefully list down the cost. Budget this using figures rounding to the whole amount. Talk to your builder about getting an initial tender. The list of costs includes:

Demolition of your existing home and clearing of the land– this cost applies when you purchased a block of land with an existing home on it (demolition + disconnection fee for electricity or gas). It also includes clearing of trees, or getting skip bins for the removal rubbish/ debris on your land, getting ready to build.

The tender from your building company will include: your home Base Price + Site Cost + BASIX + council lodgement + any extra features you’ve discussed including the façade of your home (if you are not selecting the standard), higher ceiling + any special upgrade package from the builder which you have selected to improve the quality of your home.

If there’s any structural changes need to be done, it’s best to decide now and leave it to your builder. Get them to add the cost to your initial tender. Use your negotiating skills to lower the cost. Do your home work by obtaining different quotes and present to your builder to get the best they can offer.

Home builders usually allow you to do some of the work yourself or seek outside contractors. Items such as main flooring (excluding wet areas like bathroom and laundry), blind, extra lightings can be done by the owner after the builder hand over the key. Don’t be afraid to shop around and get a few quotes for the above items then compare. You will sure find some savings here if you seek for outside contractors. Don’t forget to get quotes for items such as driveway, turf and landscaping. In NSW, councils require new home building owners to complete the outside landscaping before issuing the Occupancy Certificate-OC (which allows people to officially occupy the new home). Please remember to seek approval for your OC within a few months of moving in as councils may not approve if you’ve lived in your property for more than 12 months.

Extra upgrades – After the initial tender is issued and you have entered into the building contract with your builder. Then, next stage is the colour selection process. This is to choose the colour and items of your home. Keep a budget in mind when doing this. Don’t go wild as you might be very tempted and hence, will easily break your budget.

When budgeting for building your new home, always reserve extra for any unforeseen circumstances. This include any changes required by your local council and Sydney water, extra peering cost due to poor soil condition, handling fee and admin fee for change of mind etc.

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