New Home Buyer’s Guide: Questions to ask a builder.

So you’re ready to build a brand new home and need to source a builder who can bring your vision to a reality.

Building a new home is a huge financial and emotional investment, taking the extra time to do a thorough check on any prospective builder, their workmanship, references and credentials is crucial to finding the right builder for your job.

One of the best ways to find a builder is to visit a range of display homes in your favoured suburb. Once you have found a house with the design you like, it’s time to get down to the details and get the answers you need.

  1. What is included and what isn’t? Display homes feature the best fittings, finishes and appliances which may not be included in the standard package.
  2. Can I make changes to the layout? Now is the time to ask about any layout changes you want, some buyers like to make changes but these can prove problematic for the builders.
  3. How long will the build take? The answer to this question will guide you on realistic and achievable timeframes.
  4. Are you licenced? Be sure to only ever work with licenced tradesmen, a quick search on ‘google’ will provide further evidence of a builders licence credentials.
  5. Do you have builder’s insurance? You need to make sure your builder issues you a Certificate of Currency for Home Indemnity Insurance before you pay them anything. This covers you for financial loss should the builder die, become insolvent or do a runner.
  6. Can I visit recent projects or speak with a recent customer? You should be able to look at the builders’ recently completed work. This way you can see for yourself if the builder is doing the type of job you want for your home. Check out the quality of products used and the work completed. If possible, speak to the builders’ clients and get references. This way you can get feedback about customer experience and satisfaction.

Often when potential customers visit a display home they are fitted with all the high end optional extras that are not included in the base package, this can lead to a build that far exceeds your original budget. At Achieve Homes we have a ‘what you see is what you get’ transparency which means what you see in the display homes is included in your package. We pride ourselves on building real homes for real people.

Got a question for us? Call (02) 6280 6778 to speak to one of our team or visit a www.achievehomes.com.au/

Why Googong? 10 reasons to invest

There’s no doubt that there’s been a lot of buzz around Googong – but how much do you actually know?

We’ve got 10 things you maybe didn’t know that will make you want to find out more!

It’s closer than you think.

If you’ve never been out to Googong before, you might be thinking that it’s ages away from, well, everything. Fear not – Googong township is located just 16 kilometres south-east of Parliament House. That’s a drive that’s about the same distance between the city and Tuggeranong Hyperdome, around 25 minutes. And with the jobs in Queanbeyan continuing to rise, you’ll be thrilled to be this township’s neighbour.

A vision bought to life

Googong consulted with everyone from urban and transport planners to water engineers and sustainability experts. Queanbeyan City Council and NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure are on board and are fully committed to making Googong the best it can possibly be. The smart people over at Googong Township have spent years consulting the public.  Every element from the fun and flashy Club Googong through to the not-so-glamorous sewage system, has been carefully considered and consulted to plan this modern township.

Big township with small town vibes

Googong is set to cover 780 hectares, with the town centre comprising of approximately 40,000m2 of commercial space – about the same size as Manuka. While this is a significant investment in promoting growth in this new township, they haven’t compromised in creating community focused spaces, with 196 hectares dedicated to gardens and open spaces. This means you get all the access to modern facilities without having to forego a relaxing and healthy lifestyle.

It’s accessible.

It’s never been easier to travel between Googong and Canberra or Queanbeyan with considerable improvements being made to the main access roads. With main sections of the Edwin Land Parkway open from 2012, it’s easy to get to Tuggeranong, Woden and Canberra City from your home in Googong.

It’s priced competitively.

Wondering how all this compares to ACT land releases? A standard lot in Googong will cost you $170,000 less than a standard lot at Throsby. After a premium lot? Montgomery Rise in Googong is still $130,00 less than a premium lot at Denman Prospect

It’s super pretty.

Looking out over the picturesque mountain backdrop of the Molonglo Ranges, you’ll forget that the hustle and bustle of the city is only a short drive away! You’ll be able to walk out your new front door and be greeted by wonderful scenery.

Everything’s new!

New road linkages, schools, Club Googong (year round swims for all!), Beltana Park and Rockley Oval for playing and watching sports, playgrounds, community centres, a library, modern connectivity fibres, mobile phone coverage… We could go on, but you should have a look for yourself.

Go green.

Feel great about living in an environment that cares for the environment. Googong is proud of their purpose-built water and sewerage system that delivers recycled water to every home for toilet flushing and garden watering – as well as providing irrigation for parks and open spaces. They’ve built up a network of walking paths to encourage people to get on their feet – good for you, good for the planet! Add an abundance of ecological waterways and pond and habitats for protected native species, you’ll be feeling even better about your new home.

Googong is for everyone.

If you’re interested in living a life that’s relaxing, rewarding and sustainable – congratulations, you meet the criteria for being a homeowner in Googong. Everyone can find the right pace for their life here at Googong – we even have a dog park for your four-legged friends.

It’s going to be THE place to be.

Imagine the bragging rights you’ll score having been among the first to invest in this township that’s projected to house, educate, employ and entertain as many as 18,000 people. If you want to be among the first, check out the house and land packages we have available and contact us today!

New Display Homes Opening This Week!

This Saturday 6 May, we’ll be opening our brand new Googong Display Homes – yes, that’s right, not one, but TWO new display homes for you to peruse. These two new display homes embody everything that Achieve Homes represents — real homes for real people. They also showcase just a fraction of what our talented team can achieve for you.

Situated side by side at 64 & 66 Aprasia Ave, Googong, for your convenience, one home is perfect for a first home buyer or downsizer, with the other being a spacious home for a growing family. Despite these differences, both are packed full of features you can incorporate into your new home.

Here’s a taste of the features you can expect to see:

At number 66 you’ll find our Essence 4 Bed 23.7 home. With 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms it gives you a generous 180m2 of living space as well as 27.14m2 of alfresco living, and 40m2 of garage space. Packed into this home you’ll find our ‘Plus Living Package’ including:

  • Full height tiles
  • Large modern 600 x 600 floor tiles
  • A t-shaped ensuite to complement the master bedroom
  • Reverse cycle heating and cooling
  • Generous 2.7m ceiling heights
  • LED downlights
  • Timber laminate flooring in the spacious living areas
  • Large alfresco area
  • 4 spacious bedrooms
  • Large walk-in robe for the master suite
  • Huge walk-in butler’s pantry with 20mm stone benchtops
  • Work of art stone retaining walls
  • Energy efficient European appliances including a free standing 900mm BOSCH cooktop and oven, and a 900mm BOSCH range hood
  • 40mm stone benchtops with 40mm stone waterfall edges

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Next door at number 64 is our Serenity 4 Bed 26.6. This home has 4 bedrooms, a study, and 2.5 bathrooms, making up the 213m2 of living space. It also includes 29.12m2 of alfresco space and 34m2 of garage. This larger option boasts some amazing features from the ‘Lush Living Package’ such as:

  • Full height tiles
  • Beautifully engineered timber oak flooring
  • Free standing bathtub
  • Reverse cycle heating and cooling
  • Generous 2.7m ceiling heights
  • LED downlights
  • Additional powder room with vanity
  • Stacker doors to alfresco
  • Separate children’s quarter
  • 40mm stone benchtops with 40mm stone waterfall edges
  • Huge walk-in butler’s pantry
  • Spacious living areas
  • Large alfresco area
  • Large walk-in robe
  • Work of art stone retaining walls
  • Energy efficient 900mm BOSCH appliances including a semi-integrated dishwasher
  • Custom made vanities with 20mm stone benchtops
  • Rain effect shower head (from ceiling) in the ensuite

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You can view our new Googong Display Homes at 64 & 66 Aprasia Ave, from 11am – 4pm, every Saturday – Wednesday. Our helpful home consultants will also be on hand to answer any questions and take you through our processes for home designs and house and land packages.