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How Much Does A Home Builder In Hunter Valley Cost?

April 1, 2021

Planning a new build should be a process that aims to avoid stress and hassle for you and your family. One of the most important parts of the process is finding a builder you can trust. This means agreeing on a fixed price which reflects the level of work and building materials that will go into the build.

So, what are these actual costs, and the factors which affect them? Learn more below with Hunter Homes.

How Housing Cost is Calculated

Housing finances are most often calculated in cost per square metre.

As a rough ballpark figure, a Hunter Valley house with 4 bedrooms could cost $2,000 per square metre for a single storey, using standard building materials such as brick. This increases to between $2,500 and $3,000 per square metre if higher quality finishes are used.

When looking at a double-storey home, costs can double to $4,000 or more per square metre.

Where You Build Matters

Where in the Hunter Valley is your block of land located? Location makes a big difference to the final price tag, especially in such a desirable region.

Land closer to the population centres of Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton tend to command a higher price tag. If you’re looking for the most affordable options, look for properties that are outside of these centres but still close to transport links.

What is the Soil of the Block?

One of the first steps to building a home is to conduct a soil test, to determine the grade of the concrete slab used for the foundations. While the best soil will be classified as M, soil such as clay and stones are more difficult to deal with in construction, as they absorb water and change in consistency or volume.

As this shifting and erosion demand a better foundation, the lower classification of these soils will lead to a higher construction cost.

The Impact of Slope of Land

Contour matters because not all blocks of land are flat from the beginning. If your land is already flat, there are no further costs to expect. Otherwise, engineering, excavation, and the cost of building retaining walls and extra drainage will immediately add to the price of the construction, as well as the time taken for the new home build. As well as being flat enough to build foundations on, the land needs to offer ready access for the construction equipment.

Adding Extra Features

New home builders will fit out the house with standard features and appliances, but there are always a plethora of additional extra features to choose from.

Upgrades may include the materials of the benchtops, whether you want a free-standing bath, the kinds of bathroom tiles and light fittings you want, and more.

Is the Driveway Included?

Driveways, fencing, and landscaping may not be included in the final cost, giving you the option to add it as part of the initial build or added after you have moved in.

A Price to Reflect the Work

Now that you’re armed with these ballpark figures and the factors to consider, get in touch with the friendly team at Hunter Homes. We balance value for money with quality of construction to create a home you’ll love to live in for years to come.

With love from HH.