How to get prepared and be ready to build your dream family home

October 2021 In Home Buyers Advice


If you’ve been thinking about buying your dream family home for a while, or you’ve recently purchased a block of land in Victoria or NSW, then you’ll know that there’s lots to learn about the Australian housing market.

Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the options out there, or you’re still looking for information. After all, you want to do what’s best for your family. If that’s the case, you might like to read an article we recently published about the state of the Australian housing market here.

But if you’re ready to build your dream family home, then we’d love to take you through our process at Dennis Family Homes. 

We’ll take you through 15 clear steps on the journey – right from getting to know you and your family’s needs through to property settlement and beyond!


Our process

First we get to know you:

1. We talk

The most important part of creating your dream family home is getting to know you and your family’s needs. Together, we’ll figure out what’s important to you, what’s not important, and what’s nice to have! 

To get started, you can give us a call on 1800 DENNIS or submit your details here.

2. We help you choose the perfect home for you and your family

Once we’ve discovered your individual needs, we’ll match them to one of our award-winning floor plans. After that, we’ll give you an initial summary of the estimated costs of your new home. 

Take a look through our home designs here.


Then we begin the pre-construction stage:

3. Finalise your deposit

Before construction can begin, we’ll need to finalise all your details so that we can give you a summary of cost estimates for your home. Once you provide the deposit amount, you will secure the price of your home and any other promotional offers. 

You can learn more about saving for a house deposit at Moneysmart.

4. Personalise your new home

For many families, this is their favourite part of the journey! It’s time to choose the colour scheme, style, and fixtures for your new home in your personal Colour Consultation. 

Here are some tips for you to find inspiration before your appointment.

5. Contract signing

This is the stage where we give you your building contract and working drawings for you to approve. We’ll explain all details including costs, any variations made, plans, and any additional approvals if they’re required. 

You’ll also need to engage a solicitor or conveyancer to help you meet all the legal requirements that come with buying a new home. 

As mentioned on Moneysmart, paying a legal expert is the best way to ensure you or your property don’t have any legal complications with councils or authorities during (or after) the sale process.

6. Prepare for the site start
Before we can start building on site, we need to make sure your building permit has been approved by the council. We also need to confirm final working drawings, supplier orders, and any other paperwork that could be required for your home.


Next are the construction stages:

7. Construction begins

This is another exciting milestone in your home-build journey! Before we begin, we will book in a pre-construction meeting with your Building Supervisor to discuss the build plan, then review it and confirm all of your selections for the build.

8. Base stage

The Building Surveyor will inspect and sign-off on the exact positioning of your home. We will also need to set foundations, and organise completion of under slab services. Once that’s done, we will pour the slab.

9. Frame stage

This is the stage where we build wall frames and erect roof trusses. Once we’re done here, you’ll be able to see the outline of your home.

10. Lock-up stage

Now it’s time for the outside of your home to come together with roofing, brickwork, external windows and doors, and plumbing and electrical services. 

11. Fixing stage

At this stage, we work on the inside of your home. We’ll install plaster, cabinetry, skirting boards, architraves and internal doors. 

12. Fit out stage

The final stage of construction is the fit out. This is where we complete painting, tiling, and install concealed services. We also install door furniture, shower screens, mirrors, plumbing fixtures and stone benchtops.

We’ll arrange an inspection by the Building Surveyor to approve an occupancy permit, so once that’s completed, your Building Supervisor will present your new home to you.


After this, we’re ready to finalise your new home:

13. Settlement & final handover

Your home is now complete! We’ll conduct a final quality assurance check, walk through, and present your new home. 

Make sure you have organised home and contents insurance, and that your final payment has cleared on your settlement date – your solicitor or conveyancer will be in touch with you regarding settlement.

For more information on home and contents insurance, visit Moneysmart here.

14. Service

Six months after your settlement date, a member of our Service Team will conduct a service to make sure everything in your home is functioning as it should be. 

15. Life in your new home!

Congratulations, you can now relax and enjoy life in your brand new Dennis Family Home! We know you will be satisfied and share many memories with your loved ones in your new home together. 


Why Dennis Family Homes?

Apart from our organised and easy-to-understand process for home buyers, we’re proud to offer over 110 floor plans to choose from. We have something to suit every block, so if you’re building on a narrow block in a suburban street or a wide-open block in a rural suburb, we’re confident that you’ll find something suitable for you and your family.

And to top it all off, we’d like to present you with an offer that’s available for a limited time. 

If you choose to build in Metro Melbourne or Geelong, then you can lock in the price with us for 18 months^, or if you’re going to build in regional Victoria or NSW, then you can lock in the price for 12 months^.

You can also lock in up to $40,000 dollars’ worth of upgrades when you spend $7,990.*

But this offer is available for a limited time, so give us a call on 1800 DENNIS or enquire here to lock in the price of your dream family home today. 


*^For more information, please see our terms and conditions here.

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