Inclusions & Upgrades - Questions to Ask Your Builder Before You Sign


Written By

Tricia Pollard


Building a new home is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it may also be a bit overwhelming. It is important to have a clear understanding of the inclusions and upgrades offered by your builder.

While most builders provide a range of standard inclusions, it's essential to dig deeper and ask the right questions to ensure you're getting exactly what you want.

In this blog, we'll explore the key questions you should ask about inclusions and upgrades for your new modular home.


What Is Included in the Base Price?
The base price for a new home is a flat rate that includes a list of features considered standard by the builder. Be sure to get an extensive list from your builder to get a clear picture of what you can expect.

It's important to note that each builder has a different pricing structure, so it is key to find out exactly what is included to avoid any hidden costs in the future.

Be aware that some building companies may advertise a low base price as a way to "win the sale," and then hit the client with variations and hidden costs down the track.


What Isn't Included as Standard?
It's also important to understand what won't be included in the build. This could include things like specific fixtures, appliances, or specialised services. Knowing what falls outside of the builder's responsibilities will help you make appropriate arrangements and create a home that meets your unique preferences and needs.




Can I Make Changes to the Inclusions?
Flexibility is crucial when it comes to personalising your new home. Ask your builder if they allow changes or upgrades to their standard inclusions, and if so, what the process and associated costs may be.


What Upgrades Do You Offer?
Builders often offer a range of upgrades to further customise your home. Ask about the available upgrades for fixtures, appliances, finishes, and other features to explore opportunities for personalisation.

Choosing the right upgrades for your modular home can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your new house and increase its resale value.




What Additional Costs / Exclusions Do I Need to Look Out For?

Your builder should be upfront in telling you exactly what is included and what extras you may need to consider in your budget.

To give you an idea, here's a list of potential additional costs that you may need to factor in:

  • Modifications to the design
  • Variations to the original plan
  • Siteworks, including site preparation and excavation
  • Council fees or permits
  • BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) reports and any necessary upgrades
  • Upgrades specific to cyclonic wind regions
  • Septic tanks or wastewater management systems
  • Stormwater management requirements
  • Transportation costs
  • Carports or garages
  • Porches or alfresco
  • Driveways or paving
  • Flooring options
  • Air-conditioning systems
  • Window coverings or treatments
  • Upgrades for energy requirements
  • Western Power transport fees


In Conclusion
At Evoke Living Homes, we want you to be fully aware of any potential extra expenses you may face with your home-building project. We provide a large list of premium inclusions that are covered within the base price of our modular homes. There are then many project-specific variable costs, including site preparation costs, extra delivery, and transport costs, regulation requirement upgrades, upgraded finishes, etc. We will walk you through all these potential costs, and provide you with a detailed quotation that clearly specifies everything that is and is not in the builder's scope of work.

By asking these questions and understanding the builder's pricing structure, you can ensure that you get the most for your money and that your new home is built to your expectations.

If you have any questions or need personalised assistance, our knowledgeable design consultants are here to help. You can reach out to them at 1800 241 548 to discuss your vision and start the exciting journey of building your dream home!

Remember, the choice is yours, and we're here to support you every step of the way!