For anyone looking for a place to build on the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra is a promising region to consider. Providing a beautiful coastal vibe, with a load of beaches, facilities and a friendly community, Caloundra could be a great area for families, retirees or young couples. In this blog, we’ll have a look at a range of professional builders in Caloundra, from larger home builders to smaller family business builders. We’re also going to take a look at house and land packages, split-level house designs and bespoke homes.
Is Caloundra the right place for me?
Caloundra is ideal for anyone who likes ready access to the beach and the Sunshine Coast. The median house price is $915,000, which has risen 35.1% over the last 12 months. The median rent in the area is $595pw with a rental yield of 3.6%. For those looking to live in Caloundra, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in the area:
- Close to glass house mountains
- Close to a wide range of beaches including Shelly Beach, Golden Beach, Kings Beach and Moffat Beach
- Great laidback culture
- Lots of natural highlights
- Less crowded than areas than
- Public transport is hit and miss.
- Can be busy during peak holiday season
- You may need to travel for work, depending on your industry.
- Nightlife is limited compared to other areas, especially for younger people.
At Buildi, we help you find the right builder, save time, reduce stress and stay on budget.
How We Can Help You
Building a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. At Buildi, we’ll be there throughout the entire building process, guiding you step by step so you can avoid any pitfalls. We will help you by following these steps.
- Free Consultation – We will sit with you to understand what you are looking to accomplish.
- Due Diligence – We work with you to ensure you’re buying the right block of land at the right price without hidden problems.
- Builders tender – We will take your requirements out to the market of builders and they will bid to win your business.
- Present solutions – We will compile the top 3 options and present you with a comprehensive proposal on builders’ strengths & weaknesses along with prices and specifications.
- Contract Signing – We will work with you and your selected builder to ensure there is full transparency in what you are entering into.
- Building your home – We work closely with the builder to ensure all service levels are met and your project is on schedule.
Home Building Services
House and Land Packages – the building process
A house and land package is something you’ll come across a house and land package for sale when looking to build a home, but how exactly do they work? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the house and land package:
Convenience is a big element of house and land packages that are frequently pushed in the advertisements. Building a new home always feels like a big step, whether it is your first or tenth, so the temptation to pick the option with fewer hoops to jump through is completely understandable. We’ll kill the suspense now: there’s no such thing as a completely stress free build. However, there are options where the stress will pay off more in the long run, and we’re not convinced that house and land packages quite deliver in this department. The reason? Their lack of options pigeonholes you, leaving you to pick a preferred layout from a small range rather than creating the best home for you.
Tempting Option for a First-Time Home Buyer
For first-time home buyers, building a home can seem like an overwhelming process and, therefore, anything that offers to simplify the whole process is immediately going to have its appeal. Hiring Buildi can help make the process easier without sacrificing things like choice and variety. We can guide you through your entire build process and stand up for you when dealing with building contractors.
It’s always important when receiving a price for a home build to know exactly what it is you’re paying for, including what inclusions are covered by the quoted price. This can especially be the case after visiting a display home and talking to a sales team, as they’ll often be misleading. A display home is an advertisement for the builder and will have the best fixture and features to show off their quality workmanship, however, these might not actually be standard inclusions. Always ask questions to clarify details like this so you aren’t caught out later.
Lack of Choice
This is what we consider the biggest drawback of house and land packages: a lack of choice. Most house and land packages are limited in the designs and you won’t be able to make any changes to the layout, not even small ones. If you are allowed to make changes, it’ll be expensive as the builder wants the layout left unchanged.
Having a choice isn’t about making life difficult for the builder, but rather it helps you create a beautiful home that is perfect for you.
Bespoke New Homes
Bespoke Home is another term for a custom home and is an option that is becoming more and more popular when building a new house. While this may seem like a license to let your creativity fly, there are a few things you should consider to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible:
Consider the practicality and functionality of your floorplan
For first-time home builders, it can be easy to be caught up in the excitement of the planning process. Having a stylish home you love the look of is important, but it’ll be completely negated if the house doesn’t work on a practical level. You can pretty up a solid, functional layout. It’s much more difficult to fix a poor layout once it’s been built.
Have an impartial expert look over Your Contract
Always, always have someone look over your contract to make sure everything is above board. We understand you’re excited and want to get the show on the road, but this is a vital step in the process. You may not be surprised to learn that most building contracts are written to heavily favour the builder, so it is important to make sure you have protective clauses which will level the playing field.
It doesn’t matter how well you know the builder, how much you trust them or highly recommended they are, it’s completely reasonable, smart and expected for you to have a contract reviewed and negotiate conditions. If your builder kicks up a stink about this, consider it a red flag.
Know Your Limitations
We understand that you’ve spent hours on Pinterest and have googled designs late into the night, however, this doesn’t put you on the same level of expertise as your building contractors. It’s okay to tell them what you want, even challenge them, but it’s also important to take their advice on board. Asking hard questions, bringing ideas to the table, and ensuring your builder keeps their word, doesn’t mean you should disregard their expertise, especially if they tell you something is impossible or a terrible idea.
Plan for Storage
Though not the most exciting thing to think about, take our word for it, you’ll always need storage. Stuff has a way of accumulating, so it’s best to plan ahead. Think about it. Have you heard many people complaining their home has too much storage space?
Plan for now and the future
Will this be your forever home? If so, you need to consider what your future holds. For example, if you’re planning to start a family, you’ll need a house that can accommodate them.
Choose the Best Builder for you
Never just talk to one home builder, it is worth seeing other builders so you can compare things. Finding a great construction company or bespoke builder isn’t enough. You need the right builder for your project. Buildi can help you find the perfect builder for you. Get in touch to find out how.
Aura Display Village
Caloundra Local Builders
Coast Life Homes
Dwyer Quality Homes
GJ Gardner Homes
Homes by CMA
Porter Davis Homes
Building Your Dream Home
Building your new dream home will always be a big project, and it’s easy to worry it’ll be too much trouble. Worse, you’ll worry that you’ll make a mistake that will delay your build or end up costing you thousands (maybe both). Buildi is here to help you through the entire process, providing our building experience and expert advice on every part of your building journey, while also making sure you tick all the boxes on the must-do list.
Looking for a builder? Get in touch and tell us what you’re after and we’ll take your proposal to our panel of builders. They’ll then bid for your business, and we’ll bring you our top selections to choose from. We’ll make sure you’re hooked up with the best builders in Caloundra and then we’ll be there to make sure they stay on track, provide quality service complete your house in a timely manner while still doing an amazing job.