Top 10 reasons to build not buy

1. Pick your own plan

Every detail can be chosen by you, from the number of bedrooms to the knocker on the front door. Decide what you want, and create a building plan that reflects your dream home.

2. Covered by a warranty

New buildings, fixtures and fittings come with manufacturers warranties, all of which you can take advantage of. Feel secure in the knowledge that if something goes wrong with the building, you know who to call.

3. Pick your builder

Review potential builders and meet up to decide on the right person for the job. You want a trusted advisor, not necessarily a buddy, to help you build your home.

4. Satisfy all the building regulations

Building regulations are updated every few years with the latest in safety and efficiency ideals. Building to the latest specs will get you a more efficient building that reflects industry best practice.

5. More efficient

Technology and systems improves over time, becoming more efficient and offering more features. Take advantage of solar, the latest in water heating systems and the latest in communication.

6. No surprises

You know what you home is made of and there are no surprises lurking in the attic. No asbestos, lead paint or other hazardous materials to think about.

7. It’s new

Everything is clean and brand spanking new. You’re the first in the bath tub and first to cook in the kitchen, and the first to make great memories in your new house.

8. Plan around your family

Only you know how you’ll use the building for years to come. Need extra rooms for regular guests, or need to be able to easily repurpose when the kids move out? No problem, every detail can be accounted for now, and for the future.

9. Resale value

New homes often have a higher resale value because they generally come with less problems and are built to suit the Aussie lifestyle.

10. Pride

There’s nothing quite like the pride you’ll feel when showing people around the home you designed around your family. A new home reflects who you are in the structure, layout and design features, not just the wallpaper.

How to cyclone proof your house

Us Queenslanders are getting better at extreme weather proofing, with only 3% of roofs ripped off during Cyclone Yasi (compared with 20% in the 1980s). If you’re new to the area and aren’t sure where to start with storm proofing your property, here’s the basics.


Secure them with barrel bolts. If a door facing the wind fails, a lot of pressure suddenly enters the house, putting your roof under considerable strain. Roller doors designed for cyclones are also recommended.


Roofs shaped like a pyramid often survive better than gabled roofs that are angled on only two sides.


Firmly secure all guttering to the house. You don’t want any falling off and causing damage during a storm.

Large items

Water tanks, fences, sheds and any other large items need to be secured with proper foundations. The last thing you want is for these items to be moving around during a storm.


Think mesh screens, bolted shutters and shatterproof glass. Don’t open windows on the downwind side.

A shelter room

It may seem a bit overkill, but a concrete shelter room with reinforced walls that’s stocked with supplies can be invaluable.

Waterproof sealing

Pressure differences in and outside the house can suck water inside. Sealing the gaps can keep your home interior dry.


Trim back any tree branches that are too close to your property.

Roof cladding

Don’t secure your roof cladding with nails, just battens, screws or clips to keep your cladding where you want it – on the roof!

Planning goes a long way

If you’re in a storm prone area, have a plan for when the weather warning comes in. Know where your garden items will be stored (or have them securely stowed when not in use) and be ready to act fast.
The elevation of your home will impact how much storm protection you need. If you’re unsure, drop me a line for a chat about any improvements that need to be made before storm season.

Home Warranty Insurance Explained

Home warranty insurance protects your home should you have work done over the value of $3,300. The premium is paid by the builder, and passed on to you as an upfront fee in the contract. For this reason it’s vitally important to have a signed contract with your builder – it’s a legal requirement and is your ticket to some protection should anything go wrong. The insurance company send a Certificate of Insurance before the work begins, so you know you’re covered.

Your home warranty insurance may provide protection if:

  • A licensed builder does not complete the work
  • The builder fails to fix the problem
  • The building suffers from subsidence

If the insurer pays a claim, they are then reimbursed by the builder. The insurance company provide cover for many types of claim, including:

  • A new home (not more than 3 storey high)
  • An extension, alteration, renovation or repair (not more than 3 storey high).
  • Refit of a kitchen or bathroom
  • Work on decking or a veranda
  • Structural work

Works not insured are:

  • Painting
  • Electrical work
  • Air conditioning
  • Swimming pools
  • Driveways, paths, roads
  • fences

Cover lasts a maximum of 6 years and 6 months. If the work takes longer than 6 months to complete the cover period can be extended.
That’s the basics of Home Warranty Insurance in Queensland, for more information give me a shout, or take a look at The Queensland Building and Construction Commission website.