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Comparing standard specifications

When it comes to choosing the right builder, comparing the specifications or ‘standard inclusions’ of a home is critical to ensuring you get the best value for money. Understanding what the ‘base price’ means to a builder and what is included in this price is the best point to start comparing the homes you are interested in. 

Using the specifications provided to you by the builder, make a list of what comparable homes include and don’t include. There may be times when a builder can be more expensive, but include less standard inclusions and vice versa. 

When a ‘Promo or Upgrade’ is on offer, take the opportunity to research what is included in the standard price. You may discover that another builder is offering a similarly priced product with more standard inclusions, and adding the ‘promotional item’, the comparable home maybe better value for money. 

The more you learn about standard specifications, the more comfortable you will feel about choosing a home and builder. Consider the below standard inclusions when comparing builders:

  • Internal Features – Ceiling heights, double power points, corner beading, tile inclusions, NBN ready, painting inclusions 
  • External Features – Ceiling heights, types of face bricks, double garage, paving, render 
  • Kitchen – Stone benchtops, 900mm appliances, flick mixer taps, dishwasher recess, pantry size, sink type, 700mm high splashback for full width of bench 
  • Bathroom/Ensuite – Stone benchtops, china basins, china toilets, framed shower screens, tiling, size of vanity and mirror, chrome floor wastes and towel rails 
  • Bedrooms – Shelving and rail to robes, mirrored sliding robes
  • Laundry – Linen cupboard, laundry cabinet with trough, washing machine taps, tile allowance
  • Security – Type of door furniture, front door and side light
  • Construction and maintenance – Allocated length of sewer and water connections, insulation, maintenance periods, construction cleans, lifetime structural guarantee

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