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A guide to new home inclusions

10 September 2020 - 5 min read

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to building a new home…

From where to buy land, to which builder and home design to choose, there’s no shortage of decisions to be made. A key factor of your new home planning — and something that can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run — is making sure you choose a builder whose new home inclusions match up with your family’s needs.

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What exactly are inclusions?

We often get asked what exactly does inclusions mean. To put it simply, they are a list of standard items that are included in the base price of your new build. New home inclusions can vary, so the specifics of what’s included is going to depend on a few key things such as: which builder you decide to work with; what range you choose your home design from; and what kind of property you buy.

Did you know?

Standard inclusions change from builder to builder.

So it’s important to do a little bit of comparative research to make sure you’re getting a good deal. Sometimes, the base price of a home that appears very inexpensive may only be so because many of the inclusions have been removed, and will actually end up costing you more in the long run when you need to add additional items in!

Top tip: When comparing builders, make sure you check over the new home inclusions in detail to make sure you’re comparing apples with apples!

At Porter Davis we have designed range inclusions to match every kind of lifestyle. A few key items we strongly suggest looking out for in your inclusions lists are things like flooring, heating, electrical and basic fixtures and fittings.

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Why do your ranges have different inclusions?

Everyone’s needs are different, which is why we offer a multitude of home designs across our different ranges, so you can personalise your experience to fit within your budget. There’s no cookie cutter approach here! We aim to meet our customers in every stage of life, whether that’s a first home purchase, an investment property, or a multi-generational family home with all the bells and whistles. Each set of inclusions is crafted to reflect the needs of different lifestyles which, of course, you can upgrade as you see fit.

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How do I know what my inclusions are?

The first thing you should do when you’ve settled on a home design, is ask your builder for a copy of your inclusions list. This comprehensive breakdown will help you see what is and isn’t included in your build, and help you budget for any extras you may need.

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How to create an inclusions checklist

Start by creating a list of your non-negotiables. Are you dreaming of high ceilings? Maybe you love the look of dado wall paneling or thick stone benchtops? Whatever it is, only you know what your dream home looks like, so it’s important to compare inclusions to see which home package gives you the most of what you want.

When it comes to buying off the plan, such as a townhouse or Porter Davis Real Estate home, inclusions are often fixed. Why is this the case? These types of packages have been crafted to remain as inexpensive for our customers as possible, while also providing everything you need to move in! Everything is hand picked by our award-winning interior designers to shorten the pre-build process, giving you more of what you want, for less.

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What isn’t included?

There are a few items to keep in mind that typically don’t come as part of a new home’s base price. These include things like landscaping, driveways, window furnishings, demolition (if necessary) and broker fees, so you’ll need to make sure you budget for this once your home is complete.

A new home is personal, and upon signing your build contract you should be satisfied that your new home will meet all your required needs. Our advice? Take your time and do your research to make sure you’re getting everything you need.

Thinking about building but don’t know where to start? Try our New Home Finder Wizard today!