Building a new home is a process that many people can find daunting – there are so many choices to make, from selecting land to build on, a home design that’s perfect for your family, and the colour selections, fixtures and fittings you want in your home. Having someone to guide you through the process is invaluable, and if you’re considering building a new home for the first time, we’ve put together a short summary of each stage of the home building journey to help explain the process and what’s involved every step of the way.

Contract Signing

Once you’ve decided to build a home, your builder will arrange the necessary documentation such as soil report, levels, plans, specifications, engineer’s drawings, and energy rating information so that a contract can be signed. Once that is complete, they will submit all the documentation for building approval. The builder will also order a site set out survey and arrange to commence work on the site once the building permit has been issued.


If you haven’t purchased land yet, your builder will be able to show you a number of house and land options so you can purchase something with a home design already allocated to that plot of land. Your builder can also put you in touch with their network of land agents and land developers to help you find that perfect piece of land in your desired location.

Home Design Selection

The home design is selected early on in the process. Often clients will already have a floor plan in mind, but for those who don’t, your builder can suggest designs that will suit your block of land, needs, and your budget. Your builder will also be able to help suggest designs with a high energy efficiency, as well as designs that will take advantage of the surrounding environment and views.

Colour Selections

Once a home design is selected, it’s time to make your colour selections. This is often one of the most exciting stages for clients! Choosing your home’s exterior appearance and interior colour scheme can be difficult as you’re spoiled for choice with all the possibilities! A qualified colour consultant will sit down with you for an in-depth appointment that can often take a whole day. The consultant will guide you through the inclusions for each part of the home design and help you make choices based on the latest trends and styles. Your builder may ask you to do you colour selections prior to your contact signing to minimise the possibility of any changes later on.

Inspecting Your Home’s Progress

Your builder will invite you to come and inspect your home’s progress at many stages during the build, often each time a progress payment has been made. At each stage of works completed, clients have the opportunity to do a walk through and work with the builder and electrician to confirm the placement of things like powerpoints and lights, and the location of shower and bath mixers and shower niches. It also helps the client visualise the space and where their furniture will be placed once the home is complete. You are always welcome to arrange an inspection of your home at any time, your builder understands that this is an exciting time for you and that you’ll love seeing the progress!


Once the build is complete, clients are invited to do a final walkthrough with their builder to ensure everything has been built to specification and is correct. Your builder will show you where all the important things are, such as the switchboard, water pumps, and mains, and show you how to use the appliances. The client then signs off on the build, and the builder hands over the keys to their new home! The builder will also book in a maintenance appointment to ensure the new home is perfect.

The builder will work with you throughout the entire process to ensure you are truly having your dream home built. The builder and their team will offer additional assistance and reassurance as needed during your home building journey, and will ensure you are satisfied with your customer experience and your beautiful new home! To view Hotondo Homes designs and house and land packages, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Investing in real estate can be a daunting thought, particularly when you’re looking at purchasing an existing home. You may end up with an older home that needs a lot of renovating, meaning you won’t be able to rent it out and see a return on your investment for a number of months, or you may find the area you want to invest in either isn’t affordable or doesn’t have the types of homes that would suit families looking to rent. The solution may be building an investment property from scratch instead so that you’ll get a brand new home that’s move-in ready for tenants. By working with a building company from start to finish, you’ll have a qualified builder constructing a beautiful new home, and you’ll also have a team of staff overseeing the project from the initial discussions right through to handover. Take a look at our tips to help you before you embark on your investment property journey!

Choosing a Location

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– Do your research and invest in an area that has good growth potential, rather than very well established areas that are more expensive to purchase in.
– Areas with new estates being built close to new amenities such as shopping centres, new schools, hospitals, and public transport will be worthwhile to invest in because they’ll be in higher demand with renters.

House & Land Packages

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– Consider purchasing a house and land package rather than a home that needs to be renovated. Building companies will often have house and land packages ready to be purchased; they can direct you to the land sales agent and then using their own design commence building your home once the land sale is finalised.
– The home design has been carefully planned to suit that particular block of land, so there’s no additional work for the buyer to find an architect to design the home, meaning there’s no delay in commencing the build. This is especially beneficial for blocks of land that are more challenging for builders, such as ones with a slope. The builder will be familiar with the land and will have planned the design accordingly.
– You’ll save thousands of dollars on stamp duty because the home hasn’t been built yet, so there’s just the land tax to pay, leaving you with more money to allocate to other areas of your new home, like interior styling or landscaping.

Dual Occupancy

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– With so many suburban areas favouring a shift towards high density housing, you’ll have the option of building townhouses or a duplex for dual occupancy. You’ll get double the return if you choose to rent out both dwellings, or if you’re looking to downsize or get your foot in the door of the property market, you can live in one home and rent the other out.
– Dual occupancy builds also have a higher claimable depreciation value, which is immensely beneficial to the owner.
– The property can be negatively geared for tax purposes to grow in value over time, which is ideal for a property investor. Remember it’s always best to chat to your financial advisor before embarking on a property investment purchase.

A Finished Home

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– Building companies will often base their pricing on providing the client with a complete home inside and out.
– Fixtures and finishes are included in the cost, and client has the freedom to choose their desired interior finishes based on ranges included in the cost of the build. You can also choose to upgrade and invest in higher end finishes to appeal to renters. You’ll get a brand new, stylish home to rent out without the costly stress of renovating an old home.
– A newly built home can be designed and built to be as energy efficient as possible, meaning the cost of utilities will be more affordable than an older, existing home, which will appeal to renters, particularly larger families.

For investment property home design ideas, including some great duplex and dual occupancy options, head over to the Hotondo Homes website.

What is your must-have feature for a modern home?

We asked the question to nine of our builders from right across the country, and here are their responses!

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Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC

A must-have feature of a modern home is a well-considered kitchen and pantry. We spend so much time in and around our kitchens and to consider the locations of sinks, dishwashers, ovens, drawers is critically important. A well-considered kitchen means that you will be able to enjoy the space in an efficient manner, while still maintaining its cosmetic appeal.

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Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW

Large windows throughout the home and an open-plan layout – it is all about creating the illusion of more space! All bathrooms should have modern floor-to-ceiling tiles, of course!

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Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD

A large alfresco area. It offers the perfect place to unwind every evening and it is a great place for entertaining on the weekends!

Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW

Hidden storage. It’s simple, but so necessary. Linen closets are great, but an under stairs storage area or an extra storage room, even just extra cabinets in the pantry or laundry is a must-have in the modern home. To have a brand new home is one thing, but a brand new home with no clutter and where every item has a spot to live is perfect!

Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC

Living in the south of Victoria – a drying room! They are relatively easy to incorporate into a space either off the laundry or under a stairwell. During the winter months when you have your home heating on, you can utilise this space to dry your clothes as well!

Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA

Separate toilet to the bathroom is something we need to bring back! I would also definitely say an alfresco area or balcony, depending on your views. Indoor/outdoor living is still very much alive!

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Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC

Double glazing to your windows and other energy efficiency measures can save you a tonne in utility bills. While it may cost more upfront, the long-run benefits are by far worth it.

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Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC

The must-have feature in the modern home is by far a walk-in-pantry. This allows for a vast amount of storage for not just food, but rarely-used appliances that take up precious room in cupboards such as mixers, breadmakers slow cookers etc. It also allows you to hide the mess!

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Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW

Outdoor living is very important, as is plenty of storage like walk-in-pantries, large walk-in-robes and linen cupboards. You can never have too much storage space!

What is your must-have feature? Let us know in the comments!

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