The 6 steps to building your first home
STEP ONE: DO YOUR RESEARCH
Building or buying a new home is a big decision both financially and personally. We encourage all customers looking to build or buy to thoroughly do their research when it comes to land selection, house designs, and most importantly their chosen builder. And don’t just take the word of the builder, talk to their previous clients, local tradesmen and the QBCC to find out what you expect from your chosen builder.
We provide a lot of building information and design inspiration sources on our website, in each of our Townsville display homes, and our sales consultants are highly knowledgeable in all of these areas and prepared to answered any of your home building questions 7 days a week.
Now is also a good time to seek out the advice of a mortgage broker or talk to your bank to discuss your building budget.
STEP TWO: DESIGN, PLANNING & QUOTES
Now is time for you to sit down with your chosen builder’s sales consultant and discuss suitable land choices, house designs, build choices, and interior and exterior inclusions. Your consultant can even walk you through homes that are currently being built to show you some features, colours or layouts that suit your needs.
A house plan is then drafted, tweaked and finalised before all of your decisions are sent to our in-house building estimator who will provide a quote for the proposed job. Following the quote you will meet with your consultant to make any further changes to your plan or inclusions, or to approve the quote and go on to signing a building tender and contract.
The presented final plans are also sent to council, an engineer and the estate developer for approval at this stage.
STEP THREE: TENDER & CONTRACT SIGNING & BUILDING APPROVAL
Once a building quote has been accepted a tender document will be presented to you to approve the build to go ahead. From here, a formal contract including all build related costs, your plans, chosen fixtures and fittings is presented. You should always read your contract thoroughly and have your lawyer look over it prior to signing. Once signed, this contract is sent to your broker/bank for finance approval.
When finance approval is received, building of your new home will commence promptly. A start and completion date will be provided to you usually in your building contract.
STEP FOUR: CONSTRUCTION
This is when all of the planning comes to fruition. Over 5 short months your chosen block of land will be transformed into your beautiful brand new home, ready to move in.
Read about our 7 steps to constructing your brand new home here.
STEP FIVE: FINAL WALK-THROUGH & HANDOVER
Prior to final hand-over, Bruce Grady will go through your new home with you to show you all the features of your home, how they work and how to maintain them. Bruce will also note any obvious defects to be fixed by tradesmen and cleaners prior to final hand-over.
Hand-over day is an exciting time of the whole home building process. On the day you will meet a consultant at our office who will go through your warranties, keys, maintenance and other aspects of owning your new home. Your keys will be provided and your brand new home is yours to move in straight away.
STEP SIX: AFTER-HANDOVER CARE
At Grady Homes we look after our clients long after we’ve handed over the keys to their home. We check in regularly during the first year after construction to ensure there are no issues with the home. We also provide a warranty and after-care contact should there be any defects that arise within our 50 year structural warranty period.
We want our clients to continue to be as happy with their home as the day they got the keys so we like to look after them long after construction is complete.