Why does every builder have different standard inclusions?
If you’ve been visiting display homes and contacting builders then you have probably noticed one major thing: every builder has different standard inclusions. You probably find this super frustrating but it’s actually a great way to help you compare builders.
No two builders are the same. Each builder tends to have a focus on something different. The most difficult part of being a new home builder is figuring out which builder meets your needs the best. The block you’re building on, your style, your floor plan requirements. All of these things will help determine which builder is right for you. The way to do this is by comparing the builders standard inclusions.
Why doesn’t every builder include the same stuff?
Each builder includes what they think you need to get a basic home. The issue is that because every builder is trying to cater to a certain portion of the market, their perception of what you need is different to the next builder.
Builders don’t want to add too much into the inclusions. They don’t want you to feel like there is excess in there that you don’t need. This is why upgrade packages are a popular tool for builders. Upgrade packages allow you (the owner) to customise upgrades according to your specific tastes and preferences. While it may be a popular tool, it might not always be the best solution for including all the little things that you want and need.
What do I look for when comparing different standard inclusions?
There are a few key things that you should look into when comparing inclusions:
- Site Costs (slab class, peiring, dirt removal, etc.)
- The quality of the finer details: tiles, carpet, taps, lights, accessories, benchtops, etc.
- The specifics (tile heights, floor coverings to specific rooms, ceiling heights, number of power points and their location)
Some of these will be noted in the inclusions lists, others you may have to ask about.
How do I choose the right builder for me?
When going into these finer details, you’ll notice different builders that stand out. These builders will be more aligned with your style or your needs. Your builder might include higher quality items as standard or have more site costs included. Otherwise, your builder might have a simple package with upgrade options so you can make the most of your tight budget.
Building a new home is complicated. It’s lots of little parts coming together. The best place to start is knowing (and understanding) what is and is not included. This first part is the one that takes the most time and effort. However, taking the time early on will make the rest of the process easy and stress-free.