Thursday, 14 August 2008

Kit Homes - Owner Builder

Becoming an owner builder is a great way to save thousands of dollars on your new home. In most cases it is simply a matter of doing a short course (usually one weekend) and then paying a fee for the owner builder's license. This does vary from state to state. Below is a summary of the different procedures and fees for the different states of Australia.

Queensland (QLD)
This is one of the easiest states to acquire an owner builder's permit. This permit is required when performing building work on your own property where this work if performed by a qualified builder would amount to more than $11,000. You are only allowed to apply for a permit once every six years. You are required to complete an owner builder's course run by a BSA recognized course provider. Visit the BSA's website for a list of course providers. An application fee for an owner builder's permit at time of writing is $294.00.

Western Australia (WA)
To acquire a owner builders permit for most areas of Western Australia you are required to complete a statutory declaration and pay a fee of $110 to the BRB (Builders Registration Board). An owner builder's permit is required where the value of the building works is over $12,000. The owner builder is permitted to build once every six years and is able to sell their owner built home after 3 years but is required to take out Home Indemnity Insurance to cover future owners. For more information visit

Similarly, procedures & fees vary for New South Wales (NSW) & Victoria (VIC).

Finally, in a nutshell, here are the steps to follow, for building your own dream kit home:

• Contour survey from a registered Surveyor
• House will be designed the house to suit you needs
• Soil test, engineers report and perculation test if required
• You will get financial help
• Submission to council for approval
• Set out posts or slab by surveyor
• Position posts or pour slab (if slab have plumber prepare the pipes to be set inside the slab)
• Construct all frame work, mid floor systems and trusses
• Attach fascias, gutters, roof insulation and roof sheeting
• Install external doors and windows
• Apply cladding eg. Bricks, Hardi plank, Colourbond, poly Cladding
• Have plumber and electrician prepare for all necessary pipes and wires into the walls
• Apply plaster board to all internal walls and ceilings
• Install all internal doors and robes
• Fix architraves and skirting boards as required
• Paint the house
• Install kitchen and bathrooms
• Lay floor coverings
• Final touch ups

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