1. Consider what your home and living requirements are for the next 5-10 years
  2. Visit as many houses as reasonably possible to build your knowledge and gain creative ideas
  3. Consider design styles such as one or two levels, balconies and decks, contemporary vs classic, exterior cladding and materials, interior finish and colours, etc
  4. Make three lists of items to help give you some sense of priority: “must have”, “highly desirable” and “would be nice”. These lists can include obvious things like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as very specific things like ceiling height, heating system or style of bathtub. Be as specific as you can; for example, “a great kitchen” is vague but “galley-style kitchen”, “soft close drawers” or “granite benchtop” are clear and specific.
  5. Develop a clear picture of what your budget is and consider how you will finance the new build. If you already own your own home, talk to your lender about bridging finance and start making a plan for selling your existing home.
  6. Talk with friends and colleagues who have been through the building process
  7. Consider when you want to be in your new home and understand the likely timeline and key milestones for your project.