This is the start of your new home journey with DBN Homes. Take a look at our build process step by step.
STEP 1: GETTING STARTED
Once your contract is signed and initial deposit is paid, your base house price is secured for 18 months* on the following conditions:
• Provide copy of your Contract of Sale of land
• Provide a clear copy of your Plan of Subdivision
• Finance approval provided by Initial Deposit date.
• Sales Paperwork must be completed and submitted to DBN Homes within 14 days of Initial Deposit being paid.
* If your land title dates fall outside of the price lock we can discuss any additional fees required.
Initial Deposit will be used to order soil, survey property information and related administrative works. Initial Deposit will be deducted from your 5% deposit payment at contract. Please note: initial deposit is non-refundable.
STEP 2: COMPLETE SALES FILE
DBN Homes will then review all the information provided regarding:
• Project overview
• Developer requirements
• Building envelope
• Building regulations (rescode)
• Finalised structural changes
Once the information has been reviewed DBN Homes will guide you through your building journey. This is started by scheduling your Tender, Colour, Tile selection and Contract appointments.
STEP 3: TENDER
You will be presented with your Tender document which will outline your site costs, site plan and preliminary working drawings.
Upon acceptance of the Tender you will pay a 5% deposit (of build cost) and thereby authorise DBN Homes to prepare all formal documents (HIA Building Contract, plans and specifications) for the building of your new home.
STEP 4: COLOUR SELECTION
Colour Selection is one of the most exciting steps, where you will get to choose the styling of your home, both inside and out. You will with your professional design consultant to choose the final products, colours, finishes, lighting and electrical for your new home.
STEP 5: HIA CONTRACTS
At this step, everything comes to life. We prepare the contract and drawings, order the six-star energy assessment and provide you with an HIA plain English contract to review and sign.
Each person listed on the contract must attend this appointment to sign the document, and it also must be signed within 180 days of your initial deposit for titled and untitled land.
By signing the HIA contract you are DBN Homes to start the application for your building permit and preparing your project to commence construction.
For any new home build, the council needs to approve the plans with a permit. Depending on the council and your type of block title, an approval may be needed from the planning department prior to the application being accepted for a building permit. If this is the case, a planning application will be submitted prior to the preparation of contract documents.
This approval timeframe ultimately depends on the individual council. While DBN Homes has no control over timeframes at this point, our team will do everything they can to minimise the time taken. Then you’re ready to start building.
Before we can start on site, you will need to provide:
• Finance re-confirmation including a current unconditional letter of offer
• Written confirmation from your finance provider that funds are ready to be released for construction progress payments
• Written confirmation of land ownership
To help avoid any delays, please make sure your land is clear and ready for commencement of construction.
STEP 6: SITE START PREP
DBN Homes will submit a Building Permit Application to a Building Surveyor who will review and issue a Building Permit once all relevant documents have been accepted and approved. We must have received all required permits and approvals, evidence of the owner’s title to the land, full details of restrictions and covenants which affect the land, evidence of finance for the contract price, all drawings are signed and all pre-site start HIA contract clauses are met.
STEP 7: SITE START
This is the official start of the construction process. Construction time starts when we break ground. We will send a letter confirming construction has commenced.
STEP 8: BASE STAGE
Your block of land will be prepped and ready to build on, with temporary fencing installed, site excavation and underground connections laid. Pre-slab and steel reinforcement inspections are carried out by an independent Building Surveyor. Base stage is complete once the concrete slab is poured.
Upon completion of base stage, a 10% progress payment is due.
STEP 9: FRAME STAGE
Your walls are marked out and work on your windows, door frames and roof trusses begin – giving your new home its actual shell. Framework inspection is carried out by an independent Building Surveyor. Upon completion of frame stage, a 15% progress payment is due.
STEP 10: LOCK UP STAGE
This is a significant milestone as it’s when we’re able to effectively ‘lock up’ your home. Brickwork, wall cladding, roofing, and insulation are all installed. Temporary external doors may be hung and fixed into position in order to ensure the security of your home.
Upon completion of lock up stage, a 35% progress payment is due.
STEP 11: FIXING STAGE
Rough-ins, internal cladding, architraves, skirtings, internal doors, baths, basins, cabinets and cupboards are fitted and fixed in position.
Upon completion of fixing stage, a 25% progress payment is due.
STEP 12: FIT OFF STAGE
The focus shifts to the inside of your home during this stage, and you will see your colour selections come to life. Whilst we paint your home, we will install tiles, benchtops, shower screens, mirrors, and door furniture. We will fit off all plumbing and electrical connections.
STEP 13: INSPECTION STAGE
A final inspecton (Practical Completion Inspection, PCI) is carried out by an independent Building Surveyor prior to issuing the Certificate of Occupancy. A DBN Homes representative will carry out the Practical Completion Inspection with you, to make sure you are happy. please allow up to 14 days for all items to be completed for Settlement. You will then be able to complete Settlement from that date.
You are then required to organise final 10% payment in readiness for settlement within 14 days.
STEP 14: COMPLETION
At this stage your brand new home is complete and ready for you to move in!
On the day of settlement, you will meet your Construction Supervisor who will conduct an on-site handover and you will take ownership of the keys to your new home.
You are now required to pay your final 10% payment
STEP 15: WARRANTY
Once you have taken possession of your new home, your builder is obliged under Section 39 of the HIA New Home Contract to perform routine maintenance and carry out any adjustments caused from settlement. The industry standard for this maintenance period is thirteen weeks, however, DBN Homes offer an extended period of six months from the settlement date of your home. DBN Homes also offer a 10 year structural guarantee.
Should there be anything that needs touching up or repairing this is when we organise those works for you.
All agreed works are completed and you will receive confirmation in writing.
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