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First time builder

Are you considering becoming a first time builder in Melbourne and have a few questions? We have the answers and can help you build the perfect home for you and your family or for your next investment. The build journey can be tough, so below is a guide to make being a first time builder in Melbourne that little bit easier.

First time builder

The journey to building
your new home

At Metricon, we know how exciting building a new home can be. We also know that the process can be daunting if you haven’t built before. So we’ve provided a step-by-step guide to help you embark on the journey.

Why build a new home?

  • Building a new home means you get exactly what you want and how you want it. No compromises on the layout of the home, or interior finishes and fixtures, so you get the perfect home for your family and lifestyle

  • You can choose from a wide and wonderful range of home sites in purpose-planned estates with lakes, walkways, parks, and close to schools, shops and amenities, or build on your own block of land

  • You can avoid potential problems with renovating an older home, due to hidden faults or unexpected issues

  • You could save money while your new home is being built: payments are staggered throughout the process so you don’t have to come up with all the money up front

  • If you’re a first home buyer you may be eligible for grants from federal and state governments and also additional stamp duty savings. Find out about the First Home Owner Grant (PDF, 191kb)

  • You also save money buying a new home, because you only pay stamp duty on the cost of the land, not the building (unlike an established home)

  • Plus a new Metricon home comes with a lifetime structural guarantee# to give you peace of mind.

#For more information on our Lifetime Structural Guarantee, visit

How to choose your home builder


Once you’ve made the decision to build a new home, finding the right builder for your new home is very important. Your builder needs to be reliable, trustworthy and well-established so you can rest easy knowing your new home build is in good hands.
We’ve created a comprehensive checklist of questions to ask your builder to ensure you get personalised service, with an experienced team and a superior quality new home.

Questions to ask your builder

Choosing a home design that fits your lifestyle


Finding the right home design is an important and exciting decision! Explore our extensive range of stunning new home designs and visit our display centres to find the right home design to suit your family’s lifestyle.
Not sure what to look for when visiting display homes? Our checklist will help guide you through the process.
Have a chat to our friendly sales consultants who’ll help you with home design and floor plan configurations, and advise on all the options available on our designs and initial pricing. 

Display home visit checklist

Finding land and siting your new home


Read through our Guidelines for choosing land (PDF, 54kb) to help with land selection. Once you’ve selected your land, we’ll use our GeoSite tool to show you how your new home will look on your land at different times of the day or even in different seasons. GeoSite helps you orientate your home to ensure energy efficiency and optimum natural lighting.

  • Metricon can help you find a suitable block that will suit your preferred home design and your lifestyle

  • We can also help you to understand developer requirements when you're considering building in an new estate development. Read Understanding developer requirements (PDF, 118kb)

Customise your new home to reflect your style and taste

Need ideas for interior design?

  Explore our LookBook section for ideas and inspiration about how to customise your Metricon home and scrapbook your favourite interior design ideas for reference. You will have the opportunity to make your home your own with Metricon's extensive customisation options at StudioM, our cutting-edge selection centres.

Let our home decor consultants guide you

You’ll love being guided though hundreds of interior and exterior finishes; house façades; electrical, bathroom and lighting fixtures; paint colours; carpets; home appliances and more! Check out the StudioM guide to help prepare you to start the process. If you’d like to see what’s on offer beforehand, you can book a tour of our Studio M ahead of your selection appointment.

Confirming choices, contracts and approvals


Here’s where all the planning comes together! Your customer support coordinator (CSC) will guide you through every stage of this process as we prepare your final drawings and a contract featuring all your selections and requirements.
We’ll also make all necessary applications for permits and approvals, which may vary from council to council.

Your customer service coordinator is your main contact while your home is being built. They’ll schedule meetings and inspections for you of your build site and introduce you to your site manager once construction commences.

Building your new home


Watch your dream become a reality as your Metricon build team gets to work. Your construction and site manager will supervise the process and will ensure that the building of your new home adheres to our stringent quality assurance guidelines. This phase includes five building stages:

  1. Base: Pouring your slab
  2. Frame: Erecting the frame
  3. Lock-up: Getting the home to 'lock-up' (with a roof and walls)
  4. Fixing: Completing the interior and exterior details of the home
  5. Completion: Handover of your new home!


Moving in and starting your new life

Welcome to your BRAND NEW home!

Once construction is complete, we will arrange settlement and you can move into your new Metricon home.
It’s quite normal for minor items to require attention as a new home ‘settles’. This is why we return at the end of your nominated service period to conduct our New Home Service inspection.
Couple this with our lifetime structural guarantee# and you can look forward to enjoying your new home for many years to come. 

#For more information on our Lifetime Structural Guarantee, visit

Find your home

Useful Tools


  Calculate everything from your buying power, to how much you can borrow, to what stamp duty you may need to pay.

View calculators


Still have questions? Check out the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

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How can you build your own house in Melbourne?

As a first time builder in Melbourne, finding the perfect home design for you and your family doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think. At Metricon, we have a range of home design options that turn a house and land package into your dream home. As Australia’s largest home builder, we'll be with you every step of your build journey, and we have home and floor plan designs that are affordable, innovative and stylish. We have helped many first time builders in Melbourne, and understanding the range of services we offer can be the first step.

Who to talk to about building a home?

At Metricon, we are proudly Australian owned, which means our house and land packages are built solely with the Australian family in mind, in all its wonderful variety. As a first time builder in Melbourne, when you choose Metricon you’re choosing a company that wants to sell you a home for the right reasons. Building for the first time can be daunting, but we give you the peace of mind and help you create your dream home, one that suits all your needs perfectly without breaking your budget. With Metricon, you are guaranteed a fixed price, and throughout your build journey you will know exactly what you are getting for your money. We want you to love where you live, and if you’re a first time builder in Melbourne, we are just as excited for your family as you are. Contact us to get started.

Are there grants for first time home builders?

From time to time, the State Government can give first home owner grants to people who are first home builders in Melbourne or across Victoria, as long as they haven’t owned a home before. How much can vary depending on a range of political and economic conditions. Talk to Metricon’s sales consultants to find out more about first home owner grant options for you and your family.

Can I afford to build a house in Melbourne?

Building a new home is still one of the most affordable ways to become a home owner in Australia. One key to that is unlike buying an existing home, building a new home attracts no stamp duty. The only stamp duty you pay is on the block of land. This can save thousands of dollars. At Metricon, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to become a first time builder in Melbourne. As a result, we will give you access to a range of different calculators that can help you understand how your finances stack up.

How to find a home builder in my area?

Metricon proudly builds across Melbourne and Victoria, so if you’re a first time builder you shouldn’t have a problem finding a Metricon builder in your area. No matter where you are, we will work with you to make your dream home a reality. Contact us to find out more.

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