Your home building journey
Building your dream home is an exciting milestone. We're here to support you every step of the way.
It’s time to start turning your dream home into a reality, but 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 throughout the process.
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.
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 house and land package.
Choosing a location
We know the importance of finding a neighbourhood 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, consider knocking-down and rebuilding to create a beautiful new home in the area that you already know and love.
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 house and land packages.
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 is the stage where you can really start to customise your home.
Choosing a home design
To meet the ever-changing needs of our customer, we’ve tailored designs for every stage of life – from early starters and growing families to retirees and investment builders – but always with the flagship qualities you’d expect from Simonds.
When it comes to this stage of choosing your design, you will most likely know what theme and features you want in your home. But if you don’t have a style in mind yet, our consultants are here to help. Our knowledgeable team will help you choose a future-proof design and share advice on the latest trends, materials and interior styles.
When choosing your home design:
- Remember your needs might change in the future. For example, shared bedrooms might suit you now but a growing family will prefer more privacy.
- Choose a design that offers the right degree of personalisation for your individual style.
Browse our home designs – each created to offer comfort, style, quality, and exceptional value for money.
Once you’ve chosen your home design, you'll visit the Simonds Gallery and work with our professional interior designers to choose your fittings, fixtures, finishes and colours, creating a home every bit as special as you imagined.
What happens next?
Simonds is here to guide you through the on-site build. Watch your dream home come to life from foundations through to fit-off. You’ll be given access to your own MySimonds account where you can track the progress of your build.