Shane Langdon from Langdon Building answers questions on building your new home and how to make the great Aussie dream a reality.
How can Langdon Building help people in their quest for their first home?
Building your first home is exciting! At Langdon Building we give you the freedom to create a home of your dreams, from meeting our sales team, working through plans, to meeting our colour consultants in our Ballarat showroom. You will see your dreams and passions immediately come to life.
What advice would you offer them?
Take your time and do your research. Building your first home is an adventure, however you need to ensure you have all the things you want and can afford.
There are many decisions to make keep it simple. A first home generally isn’t the forever home so when looking at making the largest purchases of your life, think about resale.
Consider the options for how many bedrooms, where is the land, and if you want outdoor living. Most importantly, be upfront with a budget and stick to it. This will give you piece of mind later when applying for finance.
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What do people need to be mindful of?
Government incentives are tremendous, but make sure you are receiving real quality and genuine value in the home itself. Don’t get caught out by free giveaways and so-called bonus inclusions, and compare builders thoroughly.
Building a new home is very different to buying an existing one. You can see and feel an existing home, whereas when you’re creating a new home it’s important to ensure the inclusions are the same as the display home or selection centre. Walk around homes with builders and ask about every item in the house – focus on the small things. Does it come with blinds? How many power points? Who pays for light fittings? Make sure what you really want in your home is exactly what you receive. You might be surprised on the real price is and what its missing.
Landon Building employ our own local drafts people, estimators, customer service and construction team, plus great local trades. We’re local from head to toe, so understand local building requirements and conditions.
What are the first steps they should take to make their home owning dream a reality?
The first thing to do is think about the areas you wish to live – do you want a rural outlook, or elevated views? These requirements will affect both your land cost and build cost. What services, such as schools, do you need to be near, both now and in the near future?
We have knowledgeable sales staff who can assist you in your choice of area, and will have you living the dream in no time.