Building is a very exciting venture, but where do you begin? Being a first-time home builder or adding something to your existing property can be confusing and hard to know where to start. This blog will explain the building process and help put you on the right track.

Step 1: What do you want to build and where do you want to build it? A new home, a deck, pool, shed, carport, etc. If you already own property, this part will not be difficult, but if you are starting out fresh, have a look at available vacant land. Check out the neighbourhood during different times of the day to see if you can visualise yourself living there. Perhaps contact a real estate agent to help with this process. If building a new home, some builders offer house and land packages, ask around and see what best fits your needs.

Step 2: What do you want the build to look like when it is complete? Search Google images, sketch up some ideas, visit display homes, perhaps create an ideas folder. This will all come in handy when you meet with a potential builder/architect.

Step 3: Tender the work. Once you have a clear idea of what you want to build and where you want to build it, you will need to work out from the list below who will be best suited to help you. Price around, meet with different professionals, check reviews online and make an educated decision on which ones best suit your needs.

Step 4: Form a team. You will need an architect to design your home/building work. A lot of builders offer this service as an inclusion. They will have designs already on file that you can choose from and make changes to.

You will then need a:

  • Surveyor
  • Conveyancer (if purchasing a new property)
  • Engineer
  • Building Certifier
  • Financer
  • Builder

and depending on your needs, perhaps a:

  • Town Planner
  • Decorator/Interior Designer
  • Landscape Designer

Step 5: Obtain building approvals. When you have plans drawn up and they are engineered, we are then able to help with your building approvals. Some builders will take care of this process for you, but you can request a certain certifier to carry out your approvals if you choose. To lodge an application with All Construction Approvals, you will need to fill out the following forms (fill out what you can and our staff can help with the rest):

Step 6: Book in mandatory inspections. When you receive the development permit, the inspections required will be listed. You will need to ensure that the builder or you (the owner) call to book in all mandatory staged inspections. You will not be able to move on to the final stage without the mandatory inspections marked off.

Step 7: Final Certificate. Once your mandatory staged inspections have all been carried out and ‘passed’, you can book in your final inspection. Your development permit will also list the certificates needed to finalise your approval. You will need to turn in these certificates before we can issue your final certificate. You can find templates to commonly requested Form 16s here. Make sure you receive a final certificate for any building work you have carried out on your property to avoid problems in the future.

Step 8: Decorate, landscape and furnish. Once your house or project is finalised, you will then be able to furnish it any way you please. This is the fun part when you can have a house warming party or a pool party or even a shed party, why not?

Feel free to give us a call on 07 4054 4588 or send us an email at info@acapprovals.com.au if you have any questions along the way.