If you are planning to build a new home, you will have to make a decision based on the design, the reputation of the builders, the amount of space, or the location of the home, among other things. To achieve the type of home you desire, you will have to spend, and that's why your expenditure or budget is a very significant thing to consider. When drawing your budget, it's important to pay attention to even the slightest details so that everything is accounted for and that you don't fall short, especially if you are going for a loan. Estimating a budget can be tricky because not all costs could be included in the builder's quotes. For this reason, watch out for the following hidden costs to ensure that you have the right estimates.
Soil Tests and Contour Surveys
Your house will be built on some soil and for this reason, before you get a quote from most new home builders, there will be need for a soil test as well as a contour survey, which will cost you a significant amount. The reason for the test and the survey is to determine the fitness of the ground for construction or how best to approach the building. For instance, you may incur extra costs if the soil is rocky and likely to cause difficulties when building.
For the contour survey, which is concerned about the slope of the land, you are likely to spend more if you have a sloppy property.
Temporary Site Requirements
Some things won't typically appear on any plan or drawings of your home and can be easily neglected or forgotten when estimating your expenditure. These are temporary site requirements. Therefore, it is important to check with your builders to ensure that they have included in their quote the costs of things such as any control measures for soil erosion if required by the local council, a temporary fencing, or a site toilet.
Site costs can really go over the budget and it's therefore important to keep this in mind and evaluate it keenly. Since you won't avoid these costs, you can try and reduce them by identifying what has to be done, by who, and at what cost. A lot is involved in site costs, including the ease of access to the site, the slope of the land, the type of soil, or the presence of trees and bushes. Therefore, you need to estimate the costs of all these things and find ways to cut them where possible.
Bushfire Attack Level (BAL)
If your home will be located in a bushy area such as near a national park, the property may receive a BAL rating. This means that your home will have to be modified to make it bushfire safe and this can cost you extra.