Building a home is an expensive proposition and for most people, it’s the biggest purchase they’ll make in their lives. With a little guidance, you can build a high-standard, beautiful house without blowing your budget. Today, we’re looking at cheap home builders in Brisbane and offering some tips on how to save money during your home-building journey. With a little planning and know-how, you’ll be surprised how much money you can save without sacrificing quality.
Looking for a cheap builder? We can find you quality home designs for a reasonable price. Buildi will connect you with a builder that will work within your budget while still delivering top-quality results.
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.
List of Brisbane’s cheap home builders
With the exception of luxury, specialist and custom builders, most home builders will offer some budget options in their range. They’ll often have a specific collection dedicated to more affordable options. For example, Metricon has its Homesolution range which is aimed at first-time homebuyers trying to get their foot in the door. A lot of bulk builders will have their own equivalent of this, with similar-sounding names.
Most major builders in Brisbane have display homes you can visit across South East Queensland. Some even have virtual tours through their website if you wish to save yourself the trip. To read our Builder Review, simply click on the name of the builder.
Six tips for building a home on a budget
Be realistic about your finances
Money issues are one of the major hurdles people hit when building a home. Not planning properly is a surefire way to have a terrible, stressful building experience. From the very beginning, you need to have an idea of what you can afford, and what loan you can receive. Chatting with a financial advisor is a great way to understand your current finances and what options you have when it comes to getting a loan and/or grant. Remember, It’s also important to have some idea of the final cost, so you don’t have any nasty surprises down the track.
Along with organising financial requirements, you need to be on top of any permits, paperwork, and the other things you need to book. A good example of this is if you’re planning a knockdown rebuild, odds are you’ll need to book the demolition crew yourself. If you leave it to the last minute, it may result in delays. This will lead to an inevitable knock-on effect: if the house hasn’t been knocked down, the builders can’t start. Delays are often costly in terms of money as well as time, so they’re worth avoiding when possible. Buildi can help you through the whole process because we’re familiar with all these little things that need to be done and can help you keep on top of it.
Always Do Your Due Diligence
Whether you’re looking for a budget builder or the fanciest builder in town, it always pays to research. Even if you’re after a cheaper builder, hire an experienced cheap builder and someone who has a great track record. Also, see if you can find reviews to see if your potential home builder offers exceptional customer service and whether they’re relatively stress-free to deal with. We can help you to determine how financially stable a builder is and their chances of going bust. We’ll let you what we’ve heard about working with your potential builder, whether clients found them reasonable or unreliable.
In the same vein, it’s important to also do your due diligence on any land you’re planning to buy. Soil tests are an important step in determining the foundation of your property and catching any potential issues. Believe us when we say you want to know these things sooner rather than later as it could help you avoid buying a lemon.
Look for Value for money.
We understand that when thousands of dollars are being spent it can be tempting to go with the cheapest option you can find. However, we advocate making the most of your money over just trying to find the lowest price. For example, you don’t want to build with the cheapest material if it needs repairs down the line. The extra money you spent on quality products could save you time, money and stress on repairs in the future. Finding unbeatable value requires you to consider both short and long-term costs.
It also helps to keep the old saying in mind “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” If a builder is charging incredibly low prices, it might be a sign they’re desperate and are actually struggling financially. Buildi can help you take a closer look at what a builder is offering. We know all the red flags and could potentially stop you from signing with a builder on the verge of going bankrupt.
Keeping Things Simple
When it comes to the construction industry, the simpler things are, the cheaper they’ll tend to be. Here are just a few examples of the type of decisions that will keep the price down:
- Single-storey houses are usually cheaper to build than any double-storey house design.
- Custom builds or any changes to an existing design will add to the bill. A pre-existing floorplan will nearly always be cheaper than a bespoke home of similar proportions
- Consider how big you really need your home to be. Will you actually use that extra study, or will it be an expensive addition? It’s easy to overestimate (or even underestimate) how big your home needs to be.
- Build to your lifestyle. There’s no need to buy a house designed for a family if only a single person will be living in the house. When choosing a layout, really think about how you live your life and what is essential to living your best life. Also, consider what your future holds. If you’re planning children, you’ll need room for them.
Hire a Building Consultant
It may seem counterintuitive to hire someone in order to save money, but having some guidance can make a huge difference. The hard truth is mistakes during the build process can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming. By avoiding these missteps, you can honestly save yourself thousands of dollars, not to mention a lot of stress and delays.