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Demolish and Build
Relocating family and treasured pets away from the comfort and convenience of their local neighbourhood, friends, favourite shops, schools and amenities can be unsettling. Why not stay where you are and enjoy the lifestyle you have in a new Webb & Brown-Neaves home?
Demolish your old house and build the home of your dreams on the exact same site – a brand new luxury home created with environmental sustainability, and incorporating the latest styles, colours, textures and modern appliances from our prestige design studio.
Our Demolish and Build option is a fabulous solution to stay where you are. When you build with Webb & Brown-Neaves, a dedicated team of demolition and building experts manage the demolition process for you, but it helps to understand what happens at each stage.
James Kirk, Operations Director at JAG Demolition, deals with demolition projects every day, and here are his top tips on how to understand the process:
Start with council approval
“Your builder and demolition partners will help to meet the requirements needed by your local council,” said James. “For example, they’ll help you apply for planning and development approval before you lodge your demolition application.”
According to James, some items can be salvaged before demolition occurs. “Many properties have sentimental value to a client, so they’ll keep various items such as floorboards, doors, windows or some beautiful trees where possible.”
Know each step of the process
James outlines the steps involved in demolition:
- Once you’ve accepted your quote for demolition works, the paperwork for your council will start to come together.
- One council requirement is that your property must be vacant before your demolition company can submit the application. Once you’ve vacated your property, pest control will be carried out, your application is lodged to council and disconnections of all services are arranged.
- When the demolition licence is issued, a stripping crew is scheduled to remove all asbestos, salvage and other items that need to be removed manually. You’ll then meet with your demolition company to review the next step.
- A machine is then scheduled to site to demolish what’s left on the block.
“Usually, when the machine is on site, the demolition will be complete between three to four days depending on the size of the project,” he said.
The Finance Process with Phil Johnson of Resolve Finance
Start with pre-approval
Whether you’re knocking down your old home, or buying a new property to demolish, it’s a good idea to get finance pre-approval in place so you know exactly how much you can borrow and what you can spend on your new home.
A reputable mortgage broker, such as our partners at Resolve Finance, can help you with this. If you already have a mortgage, your broker will help you refinance so everything is combined into one loan, or simply set up a brand new loan.
Choose your home
Once you have your pre-approval in place, you can choose your home with confidence that it’s within your budget. Our Webb & Brown-Neaves building consultants will help you choose or design a home that fits your block and meets your requirements.
Apply for shire and planning approval
The application to build your new home and demolish the old one will be submitted at the same time. It usually takes between 8 and 10 weeks to get approval, and it’s during this time that your broker will apply to get your loan formally approved to proceed.
Start making payments during demolition and construction
Demolition times can vary, but the process usually takes 2 to 3 days. Then, while your new home is being built, your lender will make progress payments to your builder when they’re due. Your broker will ensure that these payments are made on time to avoid any delays during the construction process.
As with most building loans, your payments will be interest only during the construction phase, and they’ll convert to principal and interest payment when your home is completed.
For more finance specific information, you can contact Phil on 0438 979 528.
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