WTH is a BAL and why does it increase my build cost?

Have you been looking to build a new home but had additional cost added to the build such as the BAL?
Not sure what it is, why it applies to you and how the heck the builder comes up with that figure? Well worry not, we were once in a similar boat and will let you in on the mysteries of the BAL.

To start with BAL stands for Bushfire Attack Level.  Basically each new build is put into one of six categories based on the likelihood and severity of bushfires at the property. The categorisation of your property is done by your local council referencing the RFS (Rural Fire Service) site assessment methodology. Like anything with government oversight the process is through and exhaustive, but if you want more information we recommend you check out the rural fire services resources (more…)

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10 Steps To Your New Home with Allworth Homes

1. Request a Quotation

Request a quotation and one of our Site Supervisors will visit your land to conduct a detailed assessment. We then have a Registered Surveyor on site to determine levels and placement of the home (excludes PriceLeader quotations). Finally, our Estimator will prepare an itemised quotation for your New Home Consultant to present to you along with the survey.

2. Acceptance of the Quotation

On presentation of your quotation, we’ll ask for your initial deposit and finalise any variations that you may have. Commencing the date of your deposit, your quotation provides a fixed tender period – holding the basic price of your home whilst the steps between here and contract signing take place. (more…)

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First Home Buyers Grant (NSW)

The First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme was established to assist eligible first home owners to purchase a new home or build their home by offering a grant.

The First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) provides a grant of $10,000 to help eligible first home buyers to purchase or build a new home.It replaces the $15,000 First Home Owner Grant from 1 January 2016. So for eligible Building Contracts made on or after 1 January 2016, the grant amount is $10,000. (more…)

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Building Quote Comparisons

It pays to do your homework when comparing building quotes…

It is only natural to want the lowest price before making a purchase. That’s the whole essence of shopping – looking around before making a decision. But like a majority of things we buy, it’s hard to determine the value of a product or service based on its price alone.

There are too many factors that determine the cost to construct a new home. As such, a comparison of quotes to build a new home can be quite tedious. Aspects of the home building process can be confusing to those who don’t know much about the industry. (more…)

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