“There are so many hidden extras and other variables that, the advertised price is very misleading,” according to Rick Collova, Director with PEB Property Group.

“Both first time homebuyers and investment property buyers – perhaps all buyers? need to be very wary of some of the package deals advertised,” he said.

“Typically these prices are based on the cheapest block of land and the cheapest home that can be built on the developer’s stock of land within a particular land release.”

“They are just a marketing package, put together by sales people working for the builders.”

“They are not realistic as everything changes once you sit down with a builder and choose your block and house design.”

What a New Property Really Costs

“All the fees and costs associated with building a house are going to change from block to block, suburb to suburb. You just can’t offer a fixed price until you know exactly which block of land you have and what home design you are choosing,” Mr Collova said.

Prospective buyers should read the fine print before committing to any building project.

Things do happen when building and nobody likes costly surprises. It might be escalating site work costs due to difficult terrain, or the realisation that all the little things have been missed and it’s the purchaser that needs to pay for them.

For the new home builder this can be upsetting, frustrating and even daunting as it sometimes seems like you need an open cheque book.

"At PEB Property Group we remove the hassle and worry of this happening by offering full turn key (fixed price) packages. We can do this because we know what house you are building and what piece of land it is on" Mr Collova said.

"All you have to do with a full turn key property is connect the amenities and move in."

"We also take care of and assist where possible in dealing with the builder, developer and settlement agent to organise all applications and rebates, avoiding any of the delays and stress associated with building."

Take Your Time and Compare all the Details

When choosing a new property and builder, take the time to compare all the details. There will often be many extras that you will need to include before your property is ready to move into.

These extras can add tens of thousands of dollars to the final price.

What to Look For:

The list below illustrates a selection of items and their likely costs that are commonly excluded from many house and land packages for a 3x2 home.

Site works $14,000*
Shire fees $2,000
Clothesline and brick paving $2,050
External painting $2,370
Blinds $2,300
Security screen $750
Letterbox $350
Gates and wing fencing $1,800
100mm slab instead of 85mm $2,500
Landscaping and reticulation $8,000
Soak wells and sewage works $5,500
Crossover $2,400
Air conditioning $2,570
Down lights instead of bayonets $2,800
Overhead cupboards $2,500
Range hood instead of extractor $500
Dishwasher and recess $1,150
Stone benches for kitchen, bathroom and ensuite $5,000
Floor tiling $5,750
Internal painting $6,000
Carpet $2,700
Total $58,990

* Site works are difficult to estimate as factors such as hitting rock can increase costs dramatically. Prices quoted are approximate. When you build with PEB Property Group all of the above are included in the fixed price contract.

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*This article is for general information purposes only. It is not intended as financial or investment advice and should not be construed or relied on as such. Before making any commitment of a financial nature you should seek advice from a qualified and registered financial or investment adviser.

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