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How to build a green sustainable home?

Kathy Schoonenberg

How to build a green sustainable home? As energy consumption prices rise, there is now a trend towards building energy efficient homes that will not only help the environment but will also save you money in the long run. So if you are in the market of building a green sustainable home, then you have come to the right place.

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Colorbond Steel vs Concrete Roof Tiles Kathy Schoonenberg

Let us help you decide between a Colorbond and concrete tile roof for your new home. All the pros and cons you need to know.

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5 tips to help you choose your perfect floor plan Kathy Schoonenberg

Once you have sat down and finally made the decision that you want to build your dream home the next step is to choose the perfect house plan. This can be a tedious and confusing task as it requires a lot of planning and forward thinking. myBuildcompare is here to help!

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4 Common Floor Plan Mistakes! Mel Davies

Before you give your builder the go ahead, make sure you carefully review your plans both with your builder and with your family members. Any mistakes at this stage can be costly and also inconvenient to live with later on. 

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What is soil testing? Mark Bayno

One of the first steps of building a new home is having the soil on the site tested by a geotechnical engineer. Most builders will take care of this for you but some builders will not undertake a soil test of the site at tender stage and instead include an estimated allowance.

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What are drop edge beams? Mark Bayno

Actually, it isn't a beam at all. A Drop Edge Beam is the edge of a concrete slab that holds the fill under the slab and are usually used on blocks that require cut and fill to flatten the slope of the land.

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When is the best time to start building my new home? Kathy Schoonenberg

The best time is right now! If your finances are in order and you are ready to go, then there is no point waiting. Why? Well it’s simple.

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Should I build a single or double storey home?! Kathy Schoonenberg

So you’re thinking of building your new home. One the biggest advantages of building your own new home is being able to choose the design and floor plan that best suits you and your family! However, do you build up or out? single, double or even triple storey? The choice is yours but hopefully this article will make your choice a little easier.

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What stamp duty concessions and exemptions are available for new homes in NSW? Mel Davies

Are you a first home buyer or an investor looking to invest in NSW? You could be eligible for an exemption, concession or grant on your stamp duty when buying or building a new home. Find out more here.

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What is in your HIA Building Contract? Mel Davies

Learn the basics and know what to look out for in your standard HIA building contract with this helpful summary.

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Maintenance and Defects Hints and Tips Mel Davies

Did you know that by law, the Builder must guarantee their work for a period of 6 years for any “major defect” (being defects to a major element of the house) and a period of 2 years for all other defects??

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7 Things to remember when building Kathy Schoonenberg

Building a new home can be overwhelming. Check out our list of items that you don't want to forget or ask! Avoid the "building remorse".

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What is roof sarking? Mark Bayno

Roof Sarking is a layer of laminated aluminium material that is installed by your builder underneath the roof of your new home.

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What is a Contour Survey? Mark Bayno

Does your block look flat? Don't be fooled. Most vacant blocks of land have some sort of slope. A Contour Survey will help determine the amount of the slope so you can budget your build properly. 

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11 Questions you should always ask your Builder! Mel Davies

If you have never built a new home before you should not be shy to ask your builder lots of questions. If you don’t ask you will never know and you may regret it later. We have compiled a short list of some fundamental questions you should always ask your builder before signing the building contract.

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What is involved in the construction process? Mel Davies

You are building your new home from the ground up but understanding the construction process may be a bit confusing. Knowing what will happen at each stage of building a new home will ease some of the stress. 

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What is Piering? Mark Bayno

Piering involves your builder excavating a number of holes throughout the site, which will later be filled with concrete to strengthen the foundation of your new home. The best way to visualise piers is to think of them like the legs of a table.

 

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Space and Storage Shortcuts Kathy Schoonenberg

Do not underestimate the amount of storage that you will need once you move into your new home. This can often be hard to visualise when choosing your floor plan. Learn how to maximise your space by creating innovative storage solutions as part of your new home build.

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Building on a budget - The “Eventually” List Mel Davies

It's never easy to decide what upgrades you should do now or later. Especially when on a budget. Some things are worth the wait. Check out our "Eventually" List!

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Variations worth varying - 5 "must have" variations when building! Mel Davies

Including variations into your build are important. It makes the home that little bit more yours. The key is to not go overboard, so we have come up with some essential variations... definitely worth varying.

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Things to look out for in your walk-through inspection! Mel Davies

So the construction of your dream home has finally finished and your builder has booked in an appointment for you to go for a walk-through inspection. Below is a short list of things to look out for during the walk-through inspection.

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7 Things to look out for in your Building Contract Kathy Schoonenberg

Knowing what is in your building contract is important. Separate the legal jargon and know what is what.

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How to make your space a beautiful place on a budget! Mel Davies

Have you just spent all your savings on the build and have nothing left to deck out your brand new home? Check out our inexpensive hints and design ideas to help make your space your own on a tight budget. 

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