When researching your new home, have you ever searched for house designs online or collected brochures from display centres? Did you compare the prices lists and custom home inclusions?
Well before you set your heart on a particular design, please understand it may actually end up…
Costing You a Lot More
You see, many custom home builders in Melbourne tempt you with low initial prices. But when you read the fine print, you suddenly realise the beautiful custom home inclusions in the brochures cost more. A lot more.
It’s not uncommon for a $450,000 custom house (list price) to actually cost you $500,000 or more as a finished home.
Custom home inclusions
For example, the display home and photo in the brochure may include extras that are not included in the list price. Things like…
- Premium LED lighting and stylish fittings
- Plush carpet and imported tiles
- Ornate ceiling cornices
- Upscale double front door
- Solid bench tops
- Security screens
- Outdoor entertaining area (tiled and roofed)
- Stencilled driveway
- Designer landscaping
- And much more
As you start to add these things into your finished house, the price will go up and up. Make a few design changes – a bigger room, a longer driveway, a concrete path to the clothes line – and you could find yourself paying $50,000-$100,000 more.
The best way to ensure that all of your custom home inclusions are included, is to choose a builder with a online selections and specifications system. This is a crucial tool that your builder must use if nothing is to be missed. This type of systems allows you to log in from anywhere with an internet connection and monitor items such as specifications, selections, progress and correspondence just to name a few. Without a proper system in place, it will be near impossible for you (and your builder) to keep track of your dream home.
Avoid disappointment. Ask your builder for the COMPLETE price with all the custom home inclusions. And don’t get a shock when it’s thousands more than the list price.