Home Building Hub

Home Building Hub

Home Building Hub is an independent podcast designed to provide education and value to anyone looking to build a new home with a volume home builder in Australia. Hosted by industry experts Colin Bischof & Darren Brennan, the Home Building Hub podcast features interviews and insights that will help better educate listeners about new home building so they can avoid costly mistakes when choosing their preferred home builder.

Episodes

May 12, 2024 36 mins

Listen in to learn about the top 5 things that can impact your design and price as a result of the new regulations (NCC22). We share what we’ve learnt so far in relation to standard inclusions, orientation, what to expect on builder brochures, structural changes and the impact of fall on your block.


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4:26 - Impact on standard inclusions

10:20 - Impact of orientation on your lot / home

13:26 - What can you...

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Get some valuable insights into what buyers have been doing so far in 2024 from our special guest Ryan Smits from openlot.com.au. Learn about timeframe to purchase, great offers out there right now, factors influencing buyer decisions and even a snapshot into the top areas to buy as well. To finish off, Ryan introduces a new initiative called OpenDisplay which allows you to walk through display villages digitally from the comfort o...

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In this episode we cover the top 10 reasons you should build new instead of buy second hand. 

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3:50 - Stamp duty savings 
5:50 - Builders warranty 
9:07 - Choose your design and floorplan
10:35 - Select your colour schemes upfront
11:48 - Choose the right orientation for your block and home design
12:55 - Newer home is more energy efficient
14:48 - Save time and money on maintena...

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We all need fencing, but how does it actually work? In this episode we explain what half-share fencing means, what the fencing process is, how to work out what type of fencing is required, and we finish with a couple of tips to help you better prepare for your own block when that time comes around. 


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2:44 - Most display builders don’t offer fencing, but there are some companies that do. 

4:15 - Half-shar...

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In this episode we explain what Bushfire Attack Level or “BAL” means. Tune in as we cover the different BAL ratings, how to find if your block is in a BAL zone, what the rough costs are and what you get for those costs as a result. 

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2:00 - What is Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) and what does it mean? 
2:40 - What level of BAL are there? 
5:45 - How to find out if your block is in a BAL zone
8:00 - What ...

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April 7, 2024 29 mins

In this episode, we help outline what a nomination lot is, how it works, the main benefits and the risks associated well. We finish with a simple 4 step process for you to take if considering a nomination lot yourself. 

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3:52 - What is a nomination block?
4:58 - How does a nomination block work?
6:50 - What are the main benefits of buying a nomination lot? 
10:30 - What are the things to look out for ...

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You MUST engage a reliable conveyancer BEFORE signing a land contract. In this episode we are joined by 2 leading conveyancers from Fastrack Conveyancing who provide a wealth of information, tips and insights to you - which will save you time and money, but also give you more peace of mind when purchasing land. This is a must watch/listen episode for all prospective land buyers.

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With new regulations coming to Victoria on May 1st, 2024, this episode is all about giving you a quick summary of the changes to better equip you with some basic knowledge of the changes as you speak to new home builders. We explain what the new regulations are in relation to 7 Star energy ratings, Livable Housing requirements and the ‘Whole of Home’ assessment as well.

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2:30 - 7 star energy 
6:30 -...

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In this episode we reveal the 3 main types of land purchases, outlining the pros and cons of each. If you’re looking to buy a block of land or house and land package be sure to tune in for great tips and insights that will ensure you make a well informed decision.

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1:48 - Different block types explained. 
6:06 - Where can you buy blocks of land from? 
8:15 - Buying from a land estate directly - ...

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Looking to build on a rural or acreage lot? Join us as we explain what rural lots are, which items to consider, how to obtain the right information and some helpful tips along the way. 

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In this episode we explain to you why site costs are so confusing and why they may vary from builder to builder. We explain the inclusions and exclusions, how builders price site costs and also help you understand the role an engineer plays in the process too. A short episode, but a valuable one so be sure to listen in. 

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2:30 - Why do site costs vary between builders?
5:25 - You don’t need to be a site cost exper...

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We’ve got a home loan expert onboard to help you understand all things finance. Everything from brokers vs banks, the best ways to achieve your saving goals and government incentives explained… right through to the ultimate question - what do interest rates look like over the coming months and ultimately is now the time to buy? Don’t miss this episode as it is jam-packed with great insights.

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1:47 - Int...

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There’s rubbish on your site pre-construction, so who is responsible for clearing it? In this episode we help you understand who is responsible for clearing a site, what is actually considered “clear” and at what point the builder takes over the responsibility of your site. Alos, stick around until the end to hear a nice little giveaway for our listeners.

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5:00 - Who is responsible for clearing a site pre-constru...

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On the 1st Jan 2024 in Victoria, new “all-electric” regulations came into effect, meaning no more gas in newly constructed homes. In this episode, we discuss these new regulations and help you navigate through some of the more common questions around the timing, how to know if you’re impacted, the items being affected and the items that will now replace the gas items.  

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4:48 - What are the changes regarding...

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Just a quick video from us to say thank you to our viewers, listeners and our guests as we wrap up the year that was 2023.

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The decision has just been made to ban engineered stone benchtops in Australia. In this episode, we do our best to share what we know so far, outlining the who, what, where, when, why and how… using the information available to date. This is a MUST watch/listen for anyone looking to build or already in the process of building a new home.

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1:42 - Why are stone benchtops being banned? 
2:50 - What is ...

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In this episode, we provide a quick guide to help you work out if a house design will fit on your block. We explain front setbacks, side setbacks and how to work out your backyard length, along with an insight into the different codes in Victoria and how different setbacks apply based on your lot size. 

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3:10 - Basic requirements for blocks over 300sqm

9:55 - Basic example of how to calculate backyard length

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We get it, no one wants to be sold to… but the reality is that there are a lot of variables when it comes to buying a house and/or land package, so it’s important for every buyer to give themselves the best chance to learn, understand and obtain the best solution for their needs. In this episode, we explain the ‘to dos’ and ‘not to dos’ when enquiring with a builder to give you the best opportunity to find the right solution for yo...

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It’s common for people to spend most (if not all) of their budget on the house/land, so in this episode we outline the top 5 items that you should be budgeting for that are often outside of your building contract. 

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2:48 - Fencing and gate/s as per estate requirements
6:42 - Landscaping including driveways, clothesline and letterbox
11:54 - Internal blinds
14:33 - Connections (and fees) for ...

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Listen in as we outline 10 essential items that we have seen other buyers either miss or not understand when buying their house and/or land. This is a pivotal checklist that will save you time and money, so be sure to tune in. 

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