Frequently Asked Questions
Building a home can at first seem like a daunting experience for many, but rest assured that we will offer expert advice, guidance and ongoing support as part of our service to you. After all, building a house should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience!
To help demystify the process, we’ve gathered a range of questions that our customers often ask us about when building their new home. We know you’ll find it helpful, so take a look, and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.
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Firstly, look at how long they have been in the building business. Then search on their website, their Facebook page or elsewhere on the internet for testimonials from past clients.
Have they won any industry awards from the WA Housing Industry Association or Master Builders Association? These are independent awards and in fact, Customer Service Awards are actually judged by people building new homes in Perth not just the industry. Blueprint Homes have been building homes in Perth since 2005.
We have won multiple awards including the much coveted 2019 HIA Excellence in Service – Large Builder Award. Read our testimonials on this website to see how happy our customers are. We’re sure that our reputation will infuse you with confidence.
Blueprint Homes have a VIP Customer Service programme which ensures you are kept informed every step of the way.
You will be given the opportunity to provide regular feedback so we can continually monitor and – if necessary – improve our systems. Having a trustworthy relationship with our team (which includes a Senior Design Consultant, Client Relations Coordinator, Prestart Consultant and Client Liaison/Construction Support ) is also critical. This energetic team of people will be by your side from day one to answer questions and make you feel very comfortable and ‘in-touch’ with the construction of your home. Blueprint Homes have a set of core values which are the foundation of our culture. Honesty, integrity, teamwork, positive attitude and customer focus make us stand out from other builders and ensure ‘trust’ is a key part of our relationship with clients.
The perception that a small home builder can provide a more personalized service is not always true.
The building process is quite complicated at every level and larger home builders like Blueprint Homes have more people and a proven infrastructure to make sure your home is built efficiently. We also have better buying power and a greater pool of quality trades than smaller home builders. This allows us to put together more affordable house and land packages, and improve on build time.
There are many advantages with using double brick construction with acoustic and thermal stability being among them. In addition, with Perth’s flat and sandy soils it is a very cost effective option unlike other areas of Australia.
Yes and the great news is it is all done on your behalf as part of the service we provide.
It is our goal to have the building process from start to finish, completed in the most effective timeframe.
Talk to your Blueprint Homes Senior Design Consultant to learn the latest on typical build times.
All homes must comply with government 6 Star energy regulations. These can change quite regularly, however all of our homes comply with the 6 Star rating which equates to more cost effective use of heating/cooling energy, thereby reducing the carbon footprint. We are continually seeking more efficient ways to improve this further.
It is not uncommon for builders to be confronted with this question. The expectation is that once started a mass of tradesmen will be working tirelessly everyday on your site.
In reality the building process is a complex one and often trades will be waiting for materials to dry before moving on or waiting for materials to arrive. Occasionally schedules are disrupted by weather. This is unavoidable, however you can be assured that at Blueprint Homes everything possible will be done to ensure your home is being completed as quickly as possible.
Blueprint Homes stand behind every home we sell. You can rest assured that should something uncommon or unusual happen, one of our experienced construction team will be at hand to investigate and resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Easy. Simply show your block plan to a Senior Design Consultant and they can not only tell you if your preferred design will fit, but also suggest other designs and even ‘flip’ the plan to maximize orientation on the block. This is standard for our consultants , is quick and easy – and comes at no cost.
Yes. Blueprint Homes have a ‘fully finished’ option on most of their homes which includes LED lighting, painting, full floor coverings and window treatments. They can even arrange landscaping so there’s nothing for you to do.
There are many factors to consider and that’s why Blueprint Homes have a wide range of designs and specification levels.
For instance, an investor might want a small fully completed ‘turn-key’ home that is easy to maintain and will provide good rental return; or a growing family may want to live in one of Blueprint’s large 5 bedroom homes. Every client has different needs and lifestyle objectives. Do you want a big kitchen with scullery? Do you need a home office? Is a home theatre right for you ? Do you want a big alfresco? Room for a pool? Do you need a small home now, but will that affect resale value?
There is no simple answer that suits everyone. Your Blueprint Consultant is highly trained to work out the best option for you. They are great listeners, and by understanding your needs they can provide ideas and solutions – all free of charge.
Our range of designs meet the expectations of most new home buyers. However, because everyone is different we frequently make changes. These can be quite simple, such as moving a wall to make an area bigger – and every Blueprint Homes Consultant is trained in computer home design, so can make small changes right there in front of you.
This would depend on the type and extent of any changes. All our plans can be altered to reduce the size of the home to meet your budget; or alternatively increased to suit your own personal requirements.
Every home comes with a specification sheet which the Consultant can discuss with you.
This details everything from doors to floor tiling, power points to pot drawers – it’s a very comprehensive list. Viewing a display home is a good start however make sure you do this with the Consultant so you are clear about what is included because many other builder’s display homes are packed with the very best ‘optional extras’. Blueprint Homes have various levels of specification to suit your budget. We will work closely with you, so you know exactly what you are getting.
No. Building a home should be an exciting experience and a financially rewarding one.
Dealing with an award winning builder with a proven track record like Blueprint Homes should remove any fears. You are also covered by Housing Indemnity Insurance; and an HIA Fixed Price Contract so it’s pretty clear that when you build with Blueprint, you’ve made the right choice.
Blueprint Homes has a team of financial advisors that can provide great finance packages. Generally you will need $2,000 to get started, however even with no savings or deposits there are packages they can work out for you. Feel free to contact them for a no obligation assessment.
Absolutely. There is a Government incentive called the First Home Owner Grant of $10,000 that can be used by first home buyers.
This amount is not available for people buying established homes. Very simply if your name hasn’t been on a home contract previously you should qualify as long as you are over 18 years old. Our financial advisors can provide all the information you need to find out if you qualify.
No. There is no stamp duty on new homes or new house and land packages.
No. Blueprint Homes financial advisors can arrange a finance package for you. However, if you prefer to make your own finance arrangements it makes no difference to the contract price of your new Blueprint home.
Yes. It’s as easy as 1 -2 -3. Blueprint Homes can help you get finance (there are even special finance packages that take into account your past credit history), source land, design and build your home. We will detail all the costs involved in a simple, hassle free and easy to understand way.
Absolutely not. During our first meeting we will share information with you and try to understand your needs and objectives. All the information we provide to you on finance, home design and land availability is given freely. There is no commitment to proceed.
No. Blueprint Homes can assist you with a block that will suit the home that best suits your lifestyle needs.
These house and land packages in Perth are becoming very popular. If you already own a block, our Design Consultants will ensure the home design fits the orientation of your block perfectly.
Siteworks (sometimes called earthworks ) are the costs involved to ensure the land is ready to build on.
This involves a contour survey and report of the soil and very simply levelling the land in preparation to laying the concrete slab down. Everyone building encounters sitework costs, and these vary considerably. In most new land estates blocks are generally already flat, level and on a sandy base so sitework costs are low. It is only in unusual circumstances where a block is on a severe slope along with rock underneath, in which case sitework costs rise significantly. At Blueprint Homes we frequently run ‘Fixed Siteworks’ promotions so it’s advisable to speak with a Blueprint Homes Consultant.
There are six progress payment stages during the construction period with the first “Remainder of Deposit” invoice issued during the Scheduling stage of your new home. The slab down, plate high, roof cover, lock up and handover claims will follow.
Please note if you qualify for a Government assisted “Keystart” loan there are only three progress payment stages issued at plate high, lock up and practical completion.
A Western Australian family owned company, Blueprint Homes is all about building affordable homes for the people of Perth. Our many awards prove our very real commitment to our customers. We’re also sticklers for quality, ensuring you get the very best value for your budget.
With Blueprint you can build a new home from a little under $190K. A lot of building companies will however promise a lot more than what is achievable on your budget. Have a transparent chat with us and get the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what you can afford.
Blueprint offers a fabulous range of designs, but can also work with your own design ideas to create a custom designed plan just for you! Also, we can build on narrow lot blocks. Our Design Matrix and 3D walkthrough will let you see your design in virtual reality, so you’re safe in knowing what works before you build.
To start with, make an appointment with a Blueprint Homes Consultant – or sign up for a complimentary (obligation-free) Home Design Consult. From here we can discuss everything you need to know. To learn more about the process right away, download Scott Cam’s Ultimate Homebuyers Guide.
Blueprint Homes employ an exclusive Residential Land Locator who works with Perth’s major property developers to source home sites for our customers. This service can help you find a block that’s the right size, shape – and in a suburb you’re keen to live in.
Next to budget and finance, choosing a good builder is of chief concern to any new home builder. To ensure your builder is competent and trustworthy; check their contract is industry approved. Also make sure they have references, and the necessary trade certifications and licenses to show.
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