We like to think of a feasibility study as the bread and butter of every home build. Basically, it determines whether your plans are doable.
A lot of research, time and planning goes into a feasibility study. Its purpose is to outline the nitty-gritty of the design and construction of a home build.
The feasibility study will assess whether the project is within the homeowners budget restraints. It’s carried out in order to manage timelines, reduce risks and prevent hold-ups. It’s no surprise that there are a whole bucket-load of things to consider when building a new home. A feasibility study breaks these down into manageable chunks of information. We take a closer look at why it’s so important to organise one before beginning construction.
Prevent budget blowouts
The biggest asset of a feasibility study is that it prevents those budget blowouts that always seem to tear relationships apart on The Block. The first aspect of a feasibility study involves carefully assessing your budget and what can be accomplished within its restraints. At Eco Building, we sit down with the homeowners and discuss how realistic their dream home is in conjunction with their budget. We can suggest areas in which money can be saved in order to keep your bank account in the positive, and aspects of the build that need professional services that are worth paying a little extra for (yes, fully trained plasterers are worth every penny!).
Know the hidden costs
A new home build comes with many costs that often take homeowners by surprise. The whole point of a feasibility study is that nothing comes as a shock. Every possible cost is clearly outlined and planned for. Here are just a few of the extras that often catch homeowners off-guard:
- Application fees for building approval.
- Council taxes.
- Soil and contour tests.
- Driveways, fencing, retaining walls, etc.
- The connection of services such as phone lines, water mains, electricity and sewage.
- Site costs (in the case of sloping sites that require specialist attention).
- Road closure or disruption fees during construction.
- Environmental considerations (if your property is in a flood-prone area or susceptible to bushfire attack, ensuring that it meets state legislation for adequate protection).
- Subcontractors fees (where a professional is required: plumbers, brickies, sparkies etc.).
Have a succinct timeline
A feasibility study also includes constructing a timeline of events, so that you know how long your home build is going to take. You will, after all, have to consider paying rent and mortgage simultaneously. A feasibility study allows you to plan a budget for other aspects of your life. Wanting to go on a holiday? Your home build timeline with help you plan for when this will be possible based on when payments are due during the process.
Every new home build has its challenges. But it’s possible to prevent setbacks by analysing all potential problems before they occur. Troubleshooting solutions for these imagined issues is just one way to keep complications from arising. To be aware of all possible challenges means less likelihood of stalls in progress, and a smoother, stress-free home build! With a feasibility study, your home build will be analysed from every angle to ensure that you don’t meet any nasty surprises during the process.
Interested in a design and home build service that comes with a full feasibility study, drafts from some of Brisbane’s best architects, with locked in quotes, and complete transparency? Contact Eco Building Services today!