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First time builder

At Metricon, we know how exciting it is to be a first home builder in Sydney. But we also know both building a new home and buying a new home can sometimes be daunting. That’s why we’ve developed answers to some questions that can make the process a little easier and help you build your dream home sooner.

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 https://www.metricon.com.au/terms-conditions

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 StudioM 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 https://www.metricon.com.au/terms-conditions

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How to go about buying land and building a house in Sydney?

Metricon has been building homes for Australian families in all their wonderful variety for more than 40 years. As a first time builder, our experience can help you find the perfect block of land and home design for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for a single storey or double storey home, or after the best dual occupancy designs, or on the hunt for split-level living solutions, we have a range of floor plan designs that are affordable, innovative, and stylish. We want you to love where you live, and our customer service focus is to sell you a home for the right reasons.

How much deposit do I need to build a house in Sydney?

Whether you’re a first home builder in Sydney, are building your second or third home, or building an investment portfolio, banks and lenders usually have similar rules around deposits. Most of them will require a deposit of about 20% of the value of the home you are looking to buy. There are some low deposit home loans available, which usually come with higher interest rates and are not suitable for everybody.

At Metricon, we do more than just help home builders in Sydney find their dream home. We can also help them make it easier to find their dream home loan. We have a range of mortgage and finance calculators that can help any first time builder in Sydney. They can all give you a good indication of everything from how much your monthly mortgages repayments may be to how much you may pay in tax. We also have a How Much To Deposit Calculator, which can be a great resource whether you’re a first time builder in Sydney or you’re buying your first home. This resource can tell you how much you can deposit into a bank account to help you save for your mortgage deposit.

Can I live in my house during construction?

Unlike renovating, you won’t be able to live in your new home while it is being built. At Metricon we have a strict set of quality practices that only allow home and land packages to be handed over for occupation once they’re complete. If you want to come and see the progress of your home from time to time, we are more than happy to help you out. Living in a building that is not suitable for habitation, no matter for how long, can be dangerous. Find out how our building process works.

Where to build a house in Sydney?

We want you to love where you live, which is why we work with experienced developers in quality housing estates right across Sydney. As a first home buyer in Sydney, you can find out more online about where we build. We are one of Australia’s leading house building companies, so we know you’ll love our work, which is why we always recommend you visit our display homes and see what is possible for yourself.

Is it cheaper to build your own home?

Being a first- time builder in Sydney can be more affordable than you think. In fact, building a home is one of the most economical ways to become a home buyer in Australia. Not only are you getting a home built for your family and not someone else’s, but you are also saving on stamp duty. If you are building a home, you only pay stamp duty on the land, not the home itself. If you’re buying an established home, you pay stamp duty on both. Feel free to use our Stamp Duty Calculator to estimate the stamp duty you would need to pay.

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