Tips for building a new home

Home ownership achievable with Berstan Homes

Monday, February 20, 2017
Are you in your thirties with a family and still renting? Do you feel home ownership is out of your grasp because of the current high price of houses? It is possible to save money when entering the home market by choosing a new home build in Melbourne. You get exactly what you want with a brand-new house by Berstan Homes. There is also a substantial saving on stamp duty when you buy land rather than an existing house. First
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First home buyer's advice 9

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
With so many new estates around the outer suburbs there is plenty of competition between the land agents for your custom. This can lead to numerous problems due to many agents being focussed on their bottom line.  For example they may not mention factors like fill and the (fall) slope of the land which can add costs to your building project. When purchasing land I would strongly suggest getting your builder involved before you place any deposits. A builder will
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First home buyer's advice 6

Monday, April 27, 2015
When looking for land let the builder do the work and get the builder to source your land.   This is a good idea because the builder knows where all the estates are and will be able to get you a better deal.  Developers give builders a better deal because they are securing land every day for their clients.   The builder will be able to work out many features of land that most would not know about and could
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First Home buyer advice 3

Thursday, March 19, 2015
I had some clients come to me to discuss their first home requirements over the weekend nothing out of the ordinary there I thought. Over the next few days I found them a great block of land in the Mernda Villages estate and I priced an Onella18 Berstan home on the site and fixed the price no more to pay. I then sent the details to the client who replied back with a much lower price with a major volume
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Land buying tips

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Always consult with your builder before you buy land. They have the experience and knowledge to help you determine if the land is suitable for your requirements.  Most builders would offer this service for free or just a small fee to cover their time. At Berstan Homes we don't charge any fees and work together with you for the best outcome for you not the land agent. Many clients have come to me over the years and have already bought
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Estate land savings

Thursday, June 26, 2014
When looking to purchase a piece of land for your new home build, there are many factors to take into account, but one major item is often overlooked or not known about. Builders because of their relationships with land estate and agents will most cases receive a better pricing outcome than an individual when it comes to purchasing land. Reason being the builder is a major supplier of leads to the estate and for this they are offered land at
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Buying a new home build site

Friday, June 13, 2014
I was asked the other day to provide a quote for a new home build in Mernda. I sent an email to the land agent requesting a copy of the current engineering for the civil works. After looking over the engineering I found the site to have 2.3 metres of fill over it. This created an extra site cost which could have been avoided if the client would have asked a new home builder for advice prior to the purchase.
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New home build site classification

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I have been asked many times about site classes. This is an interesting topic and one that is really important when it comes to site costs. Best soil class is A class and the worst is P class.
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Tips on buying vacant land

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There are many factors you need to take into consideration when purchasing a vacant block of land for your new home. Location  Firstly check out the neighbourhood, speak to your future neighbours and get their opinion on the area.  Also buying land in an area your familiar with, the closer you are to a main city; generally it means the land value is higher. Size, shape and orientation Your block’s exposure to the sun, wind and rain can affect your
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Being an owner builder, is it really worth it?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
An owner-builder allows you to be in control, manage sub-contractors and if you plan on using your own skills to build, renovate or extend your home. There are many responsibilities to take on and don't forget about the risks that may be involved.  By having a builder you will save a lot of time and stress, how you ask? It's simple. A builder will liaise with your architect/drafts person, sub-contractors and so forth. Builder's must follow strict regulations to ensure the
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