Process of Building your Own home
What is the process of building your own home?
Building your home can be a rewarding experience for you and your family, and needn’t be difficult or confusing. Most people struggle with their first new home build because they are unsure of the process, so we have developed this short guide to let you know what you may expect from the process of building your home with Ashcroft Homes.
Step 1 : Finding land
This can be the most difficult part of the process for first time home builders as land in Auckland has become in short supply. However, there are many ways to consider a good location to build a home – this could be on a site within a large subdivision on the outskirts of Auckland, a subdivided site within established areas, or you could choose to subdivide a larger piece of land and build a home there. (see our tips on Subdivisions here). You could even consider buying land with an existing home on it and relocating or demolishing a run-down home and building your ideal home – especially where the location is sought-after.
We can help match you to land or assist with the land search. Speak to one of our consultants who can suggest tips for your land search if you have just started down the process of building your home.
Step 2 : Choose a builder and a plan
If you want your home built quickly and efficiently, choose a plan that your builder is familiar with and has built on previous occasions – and if possible speak to the homeowners to find out if they enjoy living in the house, including the layout and features. Ask the current owners if they would change anything on their plans. Most people who find the building process hard are those who design and build a bespoke home – where everyone is unsure of the outcome until the home has been built. At Ashcroft we have refined our complete range of designs to ensure they contain a generous number of the features and benefits customers desire from a home.
Step 3 : Refine your plan with your
fixtures and fittings
This is the point at which you need to work with the project team to ensure your house plans and specifications reflect all your needs and desires. It can be hard at this stage to visualise your completed home and to consider all the different components of it, but good decision making and thought now will save costs and time later. You may want to make minor changes to the layout, or change a ranchslider to bifold doors, or add a heat pump for added comfort. All this can all be discussed with your new home consultant who will give advice on how these desires can be achieved and the cost.
Step 4 : Finalise finance with your bank
At this point you will have a full estimate for your home and we can provide a draft contract for your bank to review. Depending on the level of borrowing you need the bank may require a registered valuation of the completed home. We can assist with finding a valuer if you wish, and the plans and specifications we have prepared will be all that they need to prepare their valuation.
Step 5 : Signing your build contract
You will now have a copy of your contract and we recommend having your lawyer review this for your own peace of mind. Once you have finance confirmed and the go ahead from your lawyer then we will arrange for both you and our director to sign the contract. A 10% deposit will then get things started!
Step 6 : Permits and consents
For first time builders this is usually the most frustrating time – it feels like nothing is happening! You will have paid some money and be anxious to see progress, but your Ashcroft Homes management team will be busy sending plans and reports through to council, getting consents and processing fees in order to get things underway. This part can take several months, although you will be kept informed and are usually able to track the status of your application.
Step 7 : Choose your colours
The fun part starts! We will arrange a meeting in our office to select colours, or if you have a colour consultant allowed for in your build package then we’ll arrange for you to meet with them. We have had set colour schemes carefully designed by expert residential colour consultants to make the process easy – there are 5 exterior schemes and 3 interior, so enough options to give you personal choice without being overwhelming.
Step 8 : Construction begins!
A carefully planned and staged event, Ashcroft Homes will schedule and organise all tradespeople to complete your home in the fastest time and best quality. This is the exciting part as progress is evident and we keep you informed of what is happening and what you can expect. We will also give you a tour of your home at certain periods during the construction and answer any questions along the way. During the build council inspectors check that our construction methods have met their requirements and that we are following conditions set out in the building consent.
Step 9 – Quality Assurance Audit and Code Compliance
Once we have finished the build we schedule our independent Quality Assurance Inspector to review all work and ensure that every home meets our strict criteria for quality. We also book an inspection with the council to review the finished building work and apply for the Code Compliance Certificate. Final sign off for building work is done by the inspector on site, with Code Compliance Certificate usually taking around 4 weeks from that point.
Step 10 – Handover
Once practical completion has been achieved we will arrange a date with you to walk you through the building, hand over the keys, and congratulate you on your new home. Final payment will be due at this handover and you need to arrange for your own electricity supply and insurance prior to this.