Our Tips

To build a new house is a significant decision, even if it’s something you’ve done previously. Many people find the process intimidating. At Harmony Homes, we want to change that. We’re currently in the process of designing a whole range of tools and resources to help you maintain the excitement that we believe should accompany your new home or investment property. You’ll already find some helpful information below which will build into a valuable resource library in coming weeks and months.

In fact, we want to make the journey easier for everyone going through the building process. So regardless of your choice of builder, you’ll be able to take advantage of these tools to help you navigate the often complex building journey.

We’re also happy to talk if you just need a second opinion. It’s all part of our mission to deliver a more harmonious building process for everyone.

TOP 6 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUILDING

Choosing to build a new home is a significant decision, but also one which you should be able to make with confidence, there’s just a few areas you need to be mindful of to ensure the end result is everything you want it to be.

TIP 1: Decide upfront what it is you’re hoping to achieve by building. Is it as simple as more bedrooms? More living space? More modern amenities? Decide on the must-haves and nice-to-haves so you know where to compromise and where to stand firm in terms of both your budget and your home’s specification.

TIP 2: Do your research. Understand what’s available and at what price, what builders are offering what specials and what the different advantages of different home styles and features are. There’s a lot of information to consume, but you want to be well positioned to make the right choice. Knowledge, as they say, is power.

TIP 3: Compare like with like. Once you’ve decided what it is you want and know what’s out there, make sure you’re comparing equivalent features and specifications. For instance, Harmony Homes’ concrete panel homes may be priced slightly higher than traditional brick veneer homes, but they are well below their closest equivalent of a double-brick build (and offer other additional benefits). It’s not always easy, but it is worth investing the time to make real comparisons.

TIP 4: Be realistic in your expectations. A shopping list of high-end features in a large home is not going to be cheap. If you set your sights well beyond your budget, you run the risk of being disappointed. If you’re more realistic, however, you will have a greater appreciation for the specifications and features available within your budget and will be able to enjoy those more as a result.

TIP 5: Be organised. There’s a lot to keep track of when researching and building, so make a physical file or otherwise try to keep everything centralised. If you’re the tech-savvy type, then there is a range of apps such as Evernote (evernote.com) available to help with this. At Harmony Homes, we operate collaboration software which gives you online access to all the information you need to know about how your home build is going. If your builder doesn’t operate such a system, consider setting one up for yourself.

TIP 6: Remember to enjoy the journey. Building a home is exciting! It’s part of why we at Harmony Homes love what we do, it’s an opportunity to help people fulfill their dream, whether that’s moving into a new family home or setting up property investments for the future. So when the decisions are weighing on you, don’t forget to step back and celebrate the fact that you’re in the process of a very exciting step in life.