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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Home

Building a home should be, and often is, an exciting journey of fulfilling lifelong dreams. However, it needs to be approached carefully to avoid the process becoming a terrifying manifestation of your budget and timeline nightmares! Here are some common problems that can occur when building a home and how to avoid them.

Avoid Inadequate Planning

There are a few aspects to consider before any of the actual building can start. It is important to take time to evaluate what needs your new house has to fulfil. What is your current lifestyle? What are you planning for the future? All of this should be taken into consideration when you build a new home in Australia.

You should also plan your budget carefully. Know what you can afford and organise how you will be financing your dream house. It is important to secure financing before the project starts so that you will have a solid guide to aid your builders. A clear idea of your requirements and budgeting will remove potential backlash from running out of money halfway through a project.

Don’t Do It Yourself

Going at it alone might seem like a money-saving idea, but this is a major task and choosing not to use professionals can be a costly mistake. Experienced designers and builders will have the knowledge and tools to help you plan and build a house that is safe and well-crafted, within a set timeframe and budget. Do your research when choosing a home builder, ask for recent references and view some of their previous building projects and display homes.

Make Sure the House Suits the Land

It is vital to choose a house design that is a comfortable fit for your land. Failing to do this can lead to problems with the build, issues with the neighbours and the possibility that you will have to scrap the whole thing and start again.

An affordable home builder can assist you in planning a layout that suits your needs and the surrounding area. Although it is exciting to design and build a new home to suit your tastes, you should also consider the style and sizes of the houses around you. A house that compliments the neighbourhood keeps your neighbours happy and often makes for a better resale value in the long run.

Avoid Taking Shortcuts

It can be easy to choose basic materials and fittings, especially when your budget is a bit tight. Keep in mind that doing this can be very costly in the long run. While it is important not to overspend, careful planning should go into buying good-quality materials that will last over the years. This is especially vital when deciding on fundamentals such as walls and floors, and plumbing fixtures and fittings. Even if it means you have to save a little longer before you can start building, it’s worth it to avoid a house that starts falling apart after a year or two.

Speak to New Living Homes about Your Options

If you have any questions about building an affordable, contemporary home in Sydney, speak to the experts at New Living Homes. Our display homes are destined to impress and can offer you the inspiration you need to get started. Contact us today on 1300 366 766.


Building a New Living Home has given me confidence that I can easily embark on building a home rather than buying a place, and get a better house/ home rather than a small flat. But you have to choose a builder that KNOWS how to build, that builds exactly how the design dictates. A builder who can deliver what they say, when they say. A house that won’t look daggy in years to come is important too, and New Living Homes did just that. The overall investment has worked out well too, growing in value is a short period of time.


”The idea of our brand new home is still really sinking in as we never dreamt of building or ever own. A VERY big thank you to New Living Homes for giving us a brand new home! You’ve made our dreams real!”- Grevillea 4.1, Elegance Facade

L & M King

We would just like to say a massive thank you once again for all your help with the house. We moved in on the weekend and we are loving it ! So thank you for being part of the team that made our dream come true.

Belinda, Jordan Springs, Acacia 4 Urban

I love that my new home is mine!!!! There is nothing I don't love about it. The finishes are great and it is just perfect! I love showing it off to people and all of my friends and family love it and always compliment the design and workmanship.

B.M - Spring Farm  

‘’From the very beginning, our experience with New Living Homes has been nothing but amazing. From our very first meeting at Spring Farm, to the accounts team, to the pre-construction team, and our Construction Manager on site, nothing was ever an issue, or a question too stupid’’.

Rebecca & Steve - Jordan Springs 

‘’I have been extremely happy with my experience with New Living Homes and have told anyone and everyone about our build. Everything went smoothly and yes there were a few problems but our site manager sorted them out as quickly as he could.. Throughout all the build, nothing was too much trouble for our site manager’’

Debbie & Brian - Jordan Springs 

After hearing some horror stories of people building their homes we were fairly nervous to see how it would all
unfold however from the very first dealing with New Living Homes we could not fault a single thing. I would like to
give special mention to Emma from the Brooks Reach Display who was very accommodating with us pestering her
with what seemed like every week as we would be checking different things in the display home.

Tim & Kara - Flinders

My experience was excellent. This was the second house I have built in 4 years and the whole experience was a pleasure from start to finish. All of the sales team were very helpful and very responsive to each and every enquiry I had.

Damian & Lauren - Spring Farm 

Building with New Living Homes has been a pleasant and enjoyable journey so far, and we know we have Sandra to thank for this. Her customer service is second to none, and has made all the difference in building this time round. My husband and I just wanted to make sure recognition and praise was given where it is due. Thanks again for everything Sandra! We are looking forward to more builds with NLH. 

D.E, Marsden Park 

I always thought that building a house in Australia would be a nightmare like everyone told me but it was more than a pleasure as I was never troubled about anything. The process was as smooth as a butter.

Thank you guys, its because of your amazing team work, good flow of communication and the zeal to work hard to let people achieve their dreams, has gotten us what we really wanted. -

Monika & Mayur, Elara 

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