Your New Home Is Just 7 Steps Away

Building a new home is one of life’s big achievements and at Masterton we’re with you every step of the way. To make things even easier for you, we’ve put together this useful guide so you’ll know exactly what to expect, what you’ll need to do and how excited you should be at each of the seven stages of your journey.

It begins with a dream…

You probably have a good idea of what you’re looking for and at Masterton, we’ve got a home to suit every family, budget and lifestyle. Our expert consultants can help you decide which design or which home and land package is best for you.

What we do:

Once you’ve met with our expert consultants and decided on your favourite Masterton home we can arrange for a free site inspection. This will include:

  • Visiting your land
  • Assessing the costs of building
  • Our inspector will look at the location of services, the slope of the land, location of trees, access for trades and deliveries

What we need from you:

  • Your choice of favourite home design
  • Detailed documentation of your block of land or land you’re thinking of buying. This includes the subdivision plan/ site of your block, a sewer diagram and 149 certificate (zoning certificate from your council)

Terms and conditions

  • Conditions apply. SUBJECT TO SALES APPROVAL. Free site inspection does not apply to duplex, acreage, flood affected sites and some CDC sites.
  • A site inspection is not required for Home and Land packages as land assessment will have been undertaken by Masterton prior to purchase of land.

What we do:

After we’ve inspected your land we’ll be in touch to organise a meeting where we can present your new home proposal. This will include:

  • Site costs (the cost to build on your specific block of land)
  • Council and statutory requirements
  • Any variations you may have requested to the standard home design
  • Any value packages you may have selected

What we need from you:

  • Any changes you want to make to the plans need to be finalised at this point
  • We advise you to speak with your finance manager to make sure you’re comfortable with your loan approval

Payments required:

Once you accept your new home proposal all you need to get going is to pay your plan preparation fee of $3,900.

*Plan preparation fee may vary from time to time and is dependent on your build.

You’ll be invited into Masterton’s head office (Open Monday to Friday) so we can present your plans and your building agreement for you to sign.

What we do:

  • Prepare a full set of architectural drawings suitable for council
  • Sign your building agreement and provide you with a copy

What we need from you:

  • Completed external colour selection including bricks, roof material, gutters, fascias, garage doors and windows. These all need to be selected so we can gain BASIX and send your plans to council. But don’t worry, you won’t be on your own as one of our preferred brick suppliers will assist you in making your choices and in completing your BASIX checklist.
  • Provide confirmation of land ownership
  • Provide details of your financier and loan amount
  • Professional landscape plan (only if council requires)

Payments required:

To begin the next step in the process all you’ll need to do is pay your 5% deposit.

Your colour consultations are the fun part. It’s where you’ll be able to start making our house a home that’s unique to you. Our expert suppliers and in-house colour consultants will help in selecting select colours, fixtures, appliances and everything else needed to make your home a reality.

Stage one of the colour process

Appointments to be completed first with our external suppliers so you can choose the following:

  • Flooring
  • Provide confirmation of land ownership
  • Kitchen design, layout and appliances
  • Optional choice of window furnishings

Stage two of the colour process

Your colour selection consultation will be held with one of Masterton’s expert colour consultants at our offices (Open Monday to Friday). At this meeting you will decide on:

  • Security Alarms
  • Stairs – both internal and external
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Kitchen fixtures
  • Doors – both internal and external
  • Skirting boards, architraves and cornices
  • Internal paint colour

Stage three of the colour process

Your third and final meeting will be your electrical consultation where you will choose all electrical finishes including:

  • Power Outlets
  • Light fittings
  • Two way switches
  • Exhaust fans

Each stage of the colour process needs to be completed before the next can begin.

We do all the hard work for you

We’ll obtain reports from relevant suppliers and deal with all the complex paperwork before lodging a building application to the relevant council/certifier on your behalf.

What we do:

  • Obtain all required reports which may include; thermal report, BASIX report, hydraulic report, structural engineering report, water board approvals, landscape plan, bush fire reports, acoustic reports etc. Occasionally additional reports may be needed from you
  • Seek the approval of your local authorities to commence
  • Organise for a pegout survey
  • Provide you with information on what you need to do to
    prepare for construction

What we need from you:

  • Your three completed stages of colour selections
  • If you’re a KDR (knock down rebuild) customer you’ll need
    to lodge a demolition application (we can send you the link) and have this demolition completed before Masterton can commence construction. We highly recommend no demolition take place until you have received council approval for your new home
  • Provide a letter from your lender saying building can commence
  • Sign and return our validation letter and construction plan

Now it’s time to watch your new home coming to life before your eyes.

What we do:

  • Our site co-ordinator will assess your site
  • We’ll send you a copy of the approved construction plan. We’ll also let you know who your building supervisor and customer assistance representative are
  • Now it gets really exciting as we begin site works including excavation, piering, pouring of the slab, frame delivery, brickwork and tiling
  • Organise all mandatory inspections by third parties including the final inspection by the certifier and organise for all relevant documentation the certifying authority requires from Masterton

What we need from you:

  • You can request a site visit through your supervisor at numerous stages.
  • A final walk through of the home where your supervisor will present you with the finished design
  • When you receive your occupation certificate all that’s left to do is move into your brand new home

The moment has finally arrived! Upon settlement we’ll meet and present you with the keys to your new home. As you walk through the door for the first time, your dream will become a reality.

But our relationship doesn’t stop there. As you’re settling in and enjoying your new home, our team is still here to help you, attending to and correcting anything that needs attention for the next 90 days of warranty.

All that’s left for you to do is sit back and enjoy your new piece of paradise, making new and treasured memories to last a lifetime.

Building a new home is going to be one of the biggest things you do in your life. At Masterton we understand this – that’s why we’re with you from the first step in your journey to the last.

Download the Home Design Process brochure here.