3 Cost-Efficient Home Building Tips
Building a home doesn’t have to be a stressful and expensive experience. In fact, if you make wise decisions as you go along, you can end up with an energy-efficient home that not only saves you money during the building process, but also for years to come.
1. Choose your Favourite Designs
Before you even start the process, look at various home designs on the market to give you an idea about the style of home you want, what features you need, and the type of block you’d like for your home. Go online and search for home designs and see if they are a good match for your tastes. Knowing beforehand what you want in a home can save you from costly design changes during the actual building process. Make a list of all your ‘I wants’ to take with you when you meet with your builder.
2. Ask Questions
After you have a good idea about what you want, ask your builder specific questions about the features you want, about their cost, and about how that design would work on the type of site you want for your home.
Some home designs are more difficult to build on certain types of locations, such as sloping blocks, soil types or on the shore of a river, lake, or ocean. Ask them what they will do to make your new home more energy efficient. Building green makes good sense—not only for the environment—but for your pocket as well. Ask your builder about all the components that make up a cost-efficient, energy-efficient home, such as:
- Materials: A builder’s choice of materials can greatly impact your home’s energy savings and your health. Some materials provide natural insulation, while others are natural conductors. A good will builder know which materials to use on your chosen block to maximise its energy savings.
- Passive design: Ask about passive design whether they incorporate this principle into the home they build. Passive design means that a builder will design the cladding, windows, floors, and walls to take advantage of the climate in your area to save energy. The goal is to collect and store the sun’s energy in the winter to heat your home and to help that energy dissipate in summer’s heat. The right design goes a long way toward meeting that goal.
- Orientation: Ask builders how they will consider your new home’s north orientation to take advantage of the sun’s path as the seasons change, as well as the normal wind patterns in your area. Getting this right can help you save money in the long run.
- Appliances: According to Government statistics, appliances constitute about 30 percent of the average home’s energy use. Ask your builders about the types of appliances they plan to install in your home. Make sure that they’re as committed to energy savings as you are.
3. Choose a Home Loan Lender
After you’ve found the perfect builder for your new home, you’ll need to source a home loan, unless you plan to pay with cash. Before you meet with the lender, be sure to have all your financial papers in order to simplify the process. If you have outstanding debt, pay off as much as you can to have the best chance to secure the loan. Give the lender as many details as you can about your proposed new home and the energy-efficient benefits it will bring. Better location and design make some homes a better bet for lenders, who want to minimise their risk. Finally, compare rates from various lenders to get the best deal.
To learn more tips about how choosing a GHA Green Builder to build your home can save you money for years to come, contact Green Homes Australia today.