Jan 13, 2008 8:39 pm
My name is Dan and my girlfriend is amaile and we are looking to buy and build our first house.
We are currently looking at the Tuscany by Fairmont Homes and would like some advise on hidden costs and other expenses involved.
We have had a look at the deals around and what you DONT get and have thought of a few things (flooring etc) but I would mind anyone's advise on hidden costs.
Basically anything you can offer about make sure you get this or THIS WILL NOT BE INCLUDED would be very useful!
If you have built and have found something out I would mind knowing, being it's our fist time buying any info is useful info.
Thanks heaps in advance!
Re: First home owners/builders - help2
Jan 13, 2008 9:59 pm
I will start with the obvious but necessary
Landscaping...often not included
Air conditioning...maybe or not included
Floorboards...often an upgrade, in most cases cheaper to put it in after settlement
Tile, carpet and tap allowance only covers very basic products, most likely you will upgrade
Ceiling height, cost to upgrade
Stone benches...big money to upgrade
Wiring for internet, sound system etc will not be included
Tiling...only part bathroom not full
Any changes after contract has been signed, you will be wacked with a ridiculous penalty of up to 1k for minor changes.
Adequate shelving to all robes, pantry need to be carefully considered
The big ones...Upgrade of Slab, can run into the thousands! and you will not be told untill the soil test or they start work on the slab
I also would like to add that the display home you walk through is not the basic model. Add another 70k-100k onto your final price to achieve all the upgrades from the display home.
There are many others, but this is a start
Cheron Butch race 6
Re: First home owners/builders - help3
Jan 14, 2008 6:40 am
In most of the builders up here (just north of Sydney) -
Tiling in wet areas only
No floor coverings
Replacing cupboards with drawers in the kitchen is an upgrade
Increasing kitchen bench height - also an upgrade (we are tall)
Moving doorways to bedrooms - in the builder we are going with this is free of charge
Compliance with BASIX (in NSW) - generally upgrades
Bush Fire Reports (although in our estate they have already done them and released the reports)
Soil Tests (again our estate has already done them and released the reports)
Re: First home owners/builders - help4
Jan 14, 2008 7:05 am
thank for the replies already (please throw more in if you have something)
will keep in mind, we knew that what we see is not what we get.
The problem we face is not having done this before we aren't sure of exactly what is going on or what we get.
Thanks again all and I will let you how we go.
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