The Basics of Building a House in Queensland
July 14, 2023
Whether you’ve already purchased land for sale or are weighing up the benefits of building a house in Queensland, there are some things worth considering throughout the process. Building approvals in Queensland increased by 7.7% from June to July this year, and there is much you can learn from those who have walked this path before you! Here is your go-to guide on building the home of your dreams.
Applying for Grants in Queensland
Before you embark on the home building process, a good starting point is knowing how much cash you have to work with. To build a house, you need to finance the home loan for land purchase as well as the construction loan. This can be done with a helping hand, however, and there are many options for home-buyers in Queensland who need financial assistance. These programs include:
- The Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant ($15,000 to first-home buyers)
- The HomeBuilder Grant ($25,000 towards the building of a new home or substantial renovations)
- Mortgage Relief loans
- Stamp Duty concessions
By having a clear understanding of your budget, including the amount enabled by Queensland government grants, you will have that much of a clearer focus in your hunt for the perfect block of land.
Hiring a Contractor in Queensland
Choosing the right builder is crucial when building a home in Queensland, or anywhere. To find the right building contractor for you and your needs, there are a few things you should do before signing any contracts:
- Use an online licence check to make sure the builder is licensed to work.
- Ask for examples of previous work and references, and take note of their customer service.
- Get written quotes from at least three builders before making your decision. Independent legal or financial advice can also help in this stage, considering the time and money behind your investment.
Generally, a builder will take between 6—12 weeks to prepare a building contract with plans, specifications and quotes. Take note of whether prospective builders provide your quote on time.
If you’d like to surpass this lengthy process, consider speaking to the team at Harmony. We work with the best builders in Queensland, whom we have vetted for quality and expertise. As the land is titled, you can get started with the build right away. View the available land for sale here.
Purchasing Land in Queensland
Before you start designing and building your home, you need to secure the land on which it will be built. The design will depend on the land, and in order to get the perfect design for you and your lifestyle, you need the perfect block of land. This will differ person to person, and you can buy land in a number of ways. You can purchase land and organise the build yourself; you can purchase a house and land package in a community such as Harmony; or, you can buy land for sale in this charming, connected corner of Palmview, which has the following benefits:
- Harmony is close to all the amenities you could need, including transport links, healthcare, shopping, dining and more.
- You can live in a tight-knit and spirited community with shared values, as well as bonding over a spectrum of life experiences and backgrounds.
- Well-regarded schools are in close proximity, making this a perfect location for families, but also downsizers and retirees.
Building with a House and Land Package
House and land packages are becoming an increasingly popular way of building a home. The process is much simpler and faster, as the builder runs the construction on your behalf, from the infrastructure to the design.
- It also allows you to customise with much more financial freedom than you would if you were organising the build yourself.
- It is generally more cost effective, with land for sale starting from $252,000*.
- The builder will arrange and manage tradespeople, materials, council, zoning and building approvals.
Land and Title Information
Titled land has an official record of ownership, with a Certificate of Title from the Land Registry. If your land is titled, this means that you don’t have to wait and see if you are qualified for grants such as HomeBuilder, and you can get started with the build right away.
Now that you know the steps to building a house, you can move through the design and build stages with confidence! To walk you through the steps of the building process, check out our article on buying land and building a house. If you’d like to skip this process, consider the hassle-free option of a house and land package. If you’ve got specific thoughts and ideas on your desired home’s design, and want the guidance of an experienced, qualified builder, check out Harmony’s land for sale. New homes at Harmony also come with the benefit of being environmentally-friendly; if lowering your eco-footprint interests you, you can read about AVID’s EnviroDevelopment Scheme here.
Harmony is a superbly located address that connects you to everything you love about Sunshine Coast living and much, much more. Situated between pearly white sands and lush green hinterland, Harmony has all the heart of a village community, with all the soul of beachside living. There’s sunshine, pristine beaches and the tranquility of the tropical hinterland all right on your doorstep and yet, you’re just a few minutes away from the cafés in Mooloolaba and the easy vibe of Maroochydore.
At AVID, we create places where people love to belong. To find out more about our developments in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and how you can invest in the home of your dreams, contact us today.
*House & Land package pricing and availability are subject to change without notice. House and Land package pricing and availability is based on a specific house and land combination. The price is based on the relevant builder’s standard specifications and inclusions for the house as provided to us by the builder. Land package pricing is indicative only and the housing cost component is subject to final tender by the builder. House and land are sold separately under separate contracts. AVID Property Group is responsible for the sale of the land only. Purchasers should confirm all dimensions, plans, specifications, inclusions and pricing with AVID and the builder prior to contract.