With my wife and I busy working with our builder on building our house, I though it might be a good time to reflect on a few of the things that we are doing in order to save some money throughout the process.
One of the single biggest costs when building a house is the driveway. Depending on how far back from the road your house is will impact just how much concrete will be needed to form your driveway, and the more that you need, the higher the cost.
Normally the builder will offer to do your driveway for you, but it is one of the easiest things to take out of the building contract and to get a local contractor to do for you. The main reason why you might want to do this is because the builder will normally add 20% onto the actual cost and simply pass that onto you. By engaging the driveway contractor yourself, you are essentially cutting out the middle man and saving yourself 20% on a driveway.
Getting your fencing done independently of the builder is another really easy way to save money. The same as with the driveway, all the builder will do is hire a contractor and pass on their cost plus 20%. Cut out the middle man and save.
When it comes to landscaping, there is no reason why you can’t do this yourself. It isn’t that difficult, but it can be time consuming. If you really aren’t keen on doing it yourself, we have found local gardeners to be quite cheap and they do a very good job.
Rather than having your entire house data cabled, consider cabling only a handful of room and then installing wireless access points for your devices to connect to. This will save you heaps of money and allow all your devices to be mobile at the same time.
I love cooking with gas, but the real benefit is in using gas with your hot water system. I worked out that while the capital outlay of a gas hot water system is more expensive than an electric one, because of the cost of gas vs electricity, gas pays itself back within only 2 years.
I know I recently spoke about lighting and using LED lights, but something else I should have mentioned is to go with traditional light fittings over down lights. This is something that my wife and I only just discovered after doing our electrical plan with the builder. Not only do you need less normal light fittings than down lights, but they are cheaper to install.