Pre-build phase

Building your dream home is an exciting milestone. We're here to support you every step of the way through the pre-build phase.

What to expect

The pre-build phase is one of the most exciting stages in the homebuilding journey – it's time to start turning your dream home into a reality.

However, as you'll be making some crucial decisions, the process can seem a little daunting.

With decades of experience in bringing beautiful homes to life, we've got the knowledge and understanding to assist you every step of the way. Even if it's just to put your mind at ease, we're only a phone call away.

We've broken down the Simonds pre-build process below to give you a better understanding of what to expect before you begin.


Before making any financial commitments, it's vital to establish how much you can borrow and how you'll manage the associated costs of building your home. You can then confidently browse homes, land, and fittings and fixture options within your budget.

The best place to start is to arrange a consultation with one of our building and finance consultants. They'll be able to advise you on how much you can borrow and recommend the best finance for your needs. If you're buying your first home, they'll also establish whether you’re eligible for the state First Home Owner Grant and the federal First Home Loan Deposit scheme.

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Stamp duty

Stamp duty is a tax imposed on real estate, home loans, some insurance and gifts. It can add a substantial amount to the cost of buying your home, so be sure to allow for stamp duty in your budget.

The rate you pay depends on a number of factors: the state you're buying in, the type of property, the property's selling price, whether you'll be living in it and whether you're an Australian resident. Generally speaking, the more expensive a property is, the higher the stamp duty that must be paid.

However, there are sometimes concessions for first home buyers and varying rates for those buying a home and land package.

Our Financial Solution team will work with you to find the best fit for your budget.

Choosing a location

We know the importance of finding a suburb that really feels like home. We'll help you work out your priorities – whether it's proximity to schools and transport, buzzing bars and restaurants or a park to walk your dog – and find a location that suits your lifestyle.

New estates pop up all the time and we pride ourselves on building in places with thriving new communities and great connections to the local area. However, if you're happy where you are, we offer a knock-down rebuild service to create a beautiful new home in the area that you already know and love.

Choosing land

Once you've settled on a suburb, you'll need to choose a block of land to build on. Look for an area with good growth potential, a relatively level surface to reduce site works and the correct solar orientation to complement your chosen home design.

It's also important to understand the differences between titled and non-titled land, as this will affect the cost and timeframe of your build.

  • Titled land is registered with the Property Registry and allows you to mortgage property built on the land – offering a faster, simpler process.
  • Non-titled land is a block of land off the plan, potentially with no footpaths, water and power, roads or curbing. You could end up paying a lot less but you'll have to wait a little longer to get your home build started.

Alternatively, you can streamline the process by choosing one of our great value home and land packages.

Fittings and fixtures

Tender and contracts

Once you’ve chosen your home design and floor plan, and have been presented with a quote for your home, your sales consultant will put everything in writing and prepare your building contract. They will guide you through the documentation and next steps, and your first deposit will also be required at this point to secure the purchase.

Your contract document will include a detailed project agenda, full set of working drawings, specifications, and your full building contract.

For any new home build, the council needs to approve the plans with a permit. Depending on the council and your type of block title, an approval may be needed from the planning department prior to the application being accepted for a building permit. If this is the case, a planning application will be submitted prior to the preparation of contract documents.

This approval timeframe ultimately depends on the individual council. While Simonds has no control over timeframes at this point, our team will do everything they can to minimise the time taken. Then you’re ready to start building!

We started our building journey at the Simonds office, asking lots of questions to find the right house for our needs. The friendly staff couldn't have been any more helpful.

Emily, 2017

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Whether you’re ready to build your dream home, already building or just have a few questions, we're here to help.

What happens next?

Watch your home come to life during the on-site phase.