There are established guidelines for foundations and footings. Soil Surveys are required together with your planned house design in order to determine this.
There is no established signage on my land. How can I ensure that the block can be clearly identified for you?
Q: What are your site fill and scrape recommendations?
Sometimes your land needs to have fill added in order to build the house a level surface. If the fill is more than recommended or not compacted as recommended, this can cause problems. Getting a soil test allows Cavalier Homes to give you a more accurate quote for the base of your new home.
Q: What things do Cavalier Homes need to know about my land before I can build my new home?
- Will the levels on your site change?
- What are your land levels and contours?
- Are there any retaining walls on yours or neighbouring properties?
- Is sewerage connected to your land?
- Are boundary pegs on the land?
- Is power connected?
- What stage of development are neighbouring properties in?
- Are water and water mains connected?
- Is there a storm water pit?
- Is there a discharge point?
- Is there a gas connection point at the land?
- Are boundary pegs on the land?
- We need to be sure we are looking at the correct site.
- Is the subdivision complete?
- Is there existing fencing?
- Are there any site barriers?
- Are there trees on your site or adjoining sites?
- Are there footpaths on your site?
- Is there a roll over kerb, a kerb opening or a vehicle crossing point on your site?
- Is there good access to your site, is it steep or will we have access difficulty with excessive water?
Q: Why do I need Site Levels & Contours on my land before I build a new home?
A tennis court is rarely flat, the same can be said for most blocks of land. Site levels and contour reports show the fall of your land. This information will help Cavalier Homes design the correct structure orientation, location for your new home.
Q: What is termite management?
Termite management involves reducing the chances that major damage is caused to your house by termite infestations.
Termites cause more damage to Australian houses than fire, floods and storms combined – damage that is not covered by household insurance.
The Building Regulations require all new buildings, including alterations and extensions, built within designated termiteinfested areas, to have some form of management against termite attack. The Building Code of Australia provides two alternative strategies for termite management: the use of termite resistant materials for the primary structural elements,or the installation of a chemical or physical barrier system.
In the areas that have termites (yes some areas like New Zealand and Tasmania don’t have them), Cavalier Homes will install the relevant termite protection system to protect your home.
Source: Building Commission Australia
Q: Can I build if my land is in a Bushfire prone area?
Cavalier Homes can advise you on how best to achieve this. We will consider your design by looking at the appropriate bushfire attack level (BAL) and then apply the construction methods most appropriate to meet your needs. Some sites will be assessed on paper, while other, high risk sites will require a site visit.
Q: How do I choose a new Home Builder?
There are five main factors to consider.
- Your new home design
- The quality of your new homes construction
- Is the builder a local like you
- The price of your new home
- What’s included in your price
Your new home design
By choosing a builder that has a large and diverse range of plans you could have a better chance of finding a design that will suit your style and budget. At Cavalier Homes we have over 80 plans with over 200 design combinations allowing you to peronalise any option to suit your individual needs. That’s part of the Cavalier difference.
The quality of your new homes construction
Many large builders take the approach of building to the minimum requirements governing the building industry. We don’t take chances with the quality of your homes construction. Speak to one of our consultants or the actual builder to learn more about the emphasis we place on building you a quality home, and how that differs to many in the industry. That’s part of the Cavalier difference.
Is the builder a local like you?
Whilst this question may sound unusual, its actually very important as it relates to reputation. At Cavalier Homes our Builders are locals, there children probably go to the same school as your children, they may even buy their groceries in the same shop as you. Their reputation for being a great builder in the area is very important to them and one that they go to great lengths to maintain. With some companies you’ll never have the opportunity to meet the registered builder. At Cavalier Homes you can, that’s part of the Cavalier difference.
The price of your new home
At Cavalier Homes we recognise purchasing a new home is probably the biggest personal financial investment you’ll make in your life. We have a philosophy of honestly in pricing. There is no “hidden extra cost” in our pricing. When you combine that with our international buying power, you get great old fashion honest to goodness pricing. That’s part of the Cavalier difference.
What’s included in your price
We understand that everyone is different, just because you want a smaller home may not me that you want scrimp on your internal fixtures and fittings, equally if you’ve stretched the budget to purchase a large home you may not be able to include extra luxury fittings. We have negotiated products at amazing prices with our suppliers that mean we can offer you three specification levels with each of our homes. That’s part of the Cavalier difference.
Q: Can I modify a new home plan?
Yes, our new home designs at Cavalier Homes are flexible and can be modified. However, with our large range of pre-designed custom options most of our customers find we already have a pre-drawn solution for them, that has been designed with cost effectiveness, form and function in mind.
Q: Do I need a section 32 or the Developer’s Guidelines?
When you purchased your block of land, you should have been provided with a Section 32 which is a legal document detailing the terms and conditions relating to the land block. You are required to provide this document to Cavalier Homes, along with any special requirements stated by the Developer for your land.
Q: My land is in a flood zone. How does that impact my home?
Most new subdivisions comply with the relevant flood zone requirements. However, in older areas and subdivisions, the actual land may be below the designated Australian Height Datum levels (AHD). If your block is designated in a flood zone by your local council, additional costs may be incurred to raise the base and slab structure to comply with the AHD and with local authority regulations. You may be required to obtain a Planning Permit.
Q: What do I have to decide on during the Home Colour selection meeting?
During you colour selection process, you will select items which form part of our Standard Inclusions, choosing colours from the manufacturers’ range for items such as:
- Kitchen and bathroom features and accessories
- Tiles for your new kitchen, ensuite and bathroom
- External and internal paint
- Roof gutter and fascia colours
Q: How can I provide confirmation of my finance commitment?
If a mortgage is required, you will need to give Cavalier Homes a copy of the Loan Approval Letter authorised by your financial institution confirming that you have arranged your finance. As soon as you have signed your mortgage documents, we will need the Mortgage Confirmation Letter signed and stamped by the bank. If a mortgage is not required, we required a Verification of Funds Letter, authorised and returned by your financial institution, or a copy of your current bank statement or evidence of your current investments.
Q: Can I view my new home whilst it’s being built?
Seeing your new home come together is exciting. Visiting your home during construction can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Site visits can be arranged through Cavalier Homes in a way that ensures your safety and those people working on your home.
Q: Will you use local Trades people to build my new home?
Yes we do use local Trades people to build your new home. They are often more careful and provide better quality workmanship because they are locals too and they don’t want a bad reputation in the local community. It also provides work for locals boosting the local economy.