When you build a new home, you should be confident that it will include everything you need to move straight in and that the finishes meet your expectations. One of the benefits of building a new home is that everything will be brand new! The colours, materials and appliances will all be hand-picked by you. But it’s important to understand that the home you’re building may not look the same as the display home you first visit.
Display homes are often fitted with extras to show potential buyers what the builder can offer in terms of design options. Before you sign your contract with a builder, whoever that may be, it’s important to discuss and have a good understanding of what’s included and what’s considered an ‘extra’. Below is our guide to understanding home inclusions, optional extras and some tips and tricks so you get everything you’re after in your new build.
◾️What are standard inclusions? ◾️
The listed inclusions on your new home will vary from builder to builder, according to your contract. Standard features and finishes are included in the basic price of a home to ensure a complete house is handed over. Typical inclusions are usually:
– Pre-construction works including plans, specifications, Master Builders Residential Building contract, council building and application fees, and insurances for construction and liability
– Site works
– Internal finishes including walls, architraves, ceilings, doors and painting works
– Windows and sliding doors for outdoor access
– External walls
– Bathrooms, ensuites and toilets, which will include vanities, shower screens, basic fixtures and taps and a sum for tiling
– Kitchens with standard features, basic appliances, cabinetry and basic benchtops
– Plumbing, including sewer and water installation, storm water drainage (including gutters and down pipes), hot water unit and a tempering valve as per council requirements
– Electrical, including switchboard and meter box, a limited number of double and single power points, light fittings allowance and smoke detectors that meet current codes
– Basic floor coverings.
– There may be other potential inclusions that may be seen as ‘standard’ by the particular builder you choose. Always ensure a list of inclusions is thoroughly read before signing a contract.
💥What are optional extras? 💥
Optional extras are the items NOT included in the new build, or items that you request as upgrades to the existing inclusions. They will be bigger value items that may be specialised to an individual’s taste. Examples of extras that are not often not included in a new build upon completion are:
– Air conditioning
– Paths and driveways
– Window furnishings
– Security screens
– Stone bench tops
– Stainless steel appliances
– Timber hardwood floors
– Bifold doors
– Special finishes
– Pendant lights
– Décor items
– Extra plug-in appliances like phones, coffee machines, door bells or home security systems.
Some builders may include these extras as inclusions, so it’s important to read the contract and ask what your builder deems as an ‘extra’ or an ‘inclusion’. Some builders will also offer a free upgrade from standard appliances to stainless steel, European designed appliances. Every extra that is given as a bonus should be considered as it is one less item to be budgeted for. 💳
If the existing inclusions don’t meet your tastes, they can be upgraded. Standard carpet or tiled floors may be upgraded to hardwood timber, or bi-folding doors may be preferred over a sliding door. Any upgrades to the existing inclusions are classed as optional extras. Optional extras are not included in the base price of the home but must be discussed at time of contract so the builder knows the specifications of what you require before site works start. 🔑
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