Jan 21, 2007 7:07 pm
Would be greatful for any idea's and suggestions on how to cut my building costs. My preferred Builder has given me a quote which is 10% more than I can afford. I would like to take him a list of options which will help me cut his quote down as much as possible.
Any help would be greatly appreciated..
Re: How do I save $$ on a new building project.3
Jan 24, 2007 4:22 pm
There are a number of things you can do to reduce the price of your home, it just depends how much you can go without.
As Luke said, you can arrange with the builder to do the painting yourself. If you have friends in the building game, you may be able to get some mates rates for different trades. This depends on how flexible your builder is.
You can get a home occupany permit without floor coverings (apart from wet areas) which can save you some money.
Also, try to ensure that you keep the majority of items in your home standard such as tapware, appliances, lighting and floor coverings.
Finally, if you are still unable to reach your budget, consider altering your plan to include only the necessary rooms and consider the funtionability and useability of your inclusions.
Re: How do I save $$ on a new building project.4
Jan 26, 2007 1:40 pm
We agree with the above.
We did our own painting which saved us about $4000.
If you have a paving allowance for an alfresco type area you may want to take this out and do it later. The reason might also be that you want to put a timber deck there eventually.
Depending on the driveway allowance you may find a poured concrete one might work out cheaper then having paving down. You'd want to get quotes before eciding obviously.
We've taken out the internal doors from our contract as we know a carpenter that can hang them for us. We'd have saved quite a bit of money if we wanted the "standard doors and hardware" that the builder was offering.
I wouldn't worry about downlights in the house...Just go with standard bayonets. Maybe if you hope to updrade these after handover position the bayonets where you'll want a downlight to be.
Basically if there's anything you can tackle yourself then do so after handover. Hope it helps.
The go without5
Jan 28, 2007 12:17 pm
Who is your builder? Mainstream of small builder?
Often its a case of going without - as bunoluvas said.
Go without flooring, go without painting, go without lights, go without the extra space etc.
Of course you eventually have to put them in so it's really a case of budgeting. One aspect of not including these costs up front is it may be difficult to finance them in later if you have a Mortgage, or take time to save up to have them done later. And if its flooring etc you'll have to almost move out to get it done if you have already moved in (move all the furniture etc).
Best of luck deciding!
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