Building To Lockup Stage
When you’ve decided to build a new home, you have probably thought about whether you would like to build to lock up or get your builder to deliver a complete home package. There’s a vast difference and it’s important to know exactly what you’re signing up for before committing to one or the other.
What is a Built to Lock Up Home?
A built to lock up home essentially involves completing to the stage where the home is weatherproof, the ceilings are in and plaster is on the walls. Generally we will complete the following for our clients wanting to complete to lockup stage, however, we are flexible.
Power points and light switches fitted off
Plumbing capped off
The Owner will generally then complete the following.
Cabinetry and benchtops
Final electrical fitoff
Wet area tiling
Shower screens and mirrors
Garage slab and door
External hardscaping and landscaping
Who should consider a built to lock up home?
You want to be hands-on in the building of your home.
You are seeking to do-it-yourself when it comes to the interior of your home.
You have a background in construction or contracting.
If you know some trades who can help you complete your home.
What are the benefits?
You may achieve some savings by managing and engaging subcontractors for the interior works to your home.
You get to construct at your pace in line with your available funds.
What are the downsides?
The biggest hurdle is providing confidence to the local council and your lender that the home will be finished. A council and a bank will want a guarantee that a home will be habitable - generally a home needs to have a functioning kitchen, bathroom and toilet with power and water services to be considered habitable. We can discuss with you how to work through this.
Managing, coordinating and supervising the remaining works will consume a lot of time. We don’t recommend it for someone who is time poor.