Michelle Francis, Aveley

Michelle, Aveley

As a first homebuyer, new homeowner Michelle wanted a freshly built house that was ready to move into, with nothing more to spend. Homebuyers Centre provided the perfect solution with a two storey home and land package in Aveley.

Michelle says building her own home helped her learn to be independent and proactive and to trust her decisions. She shared her insights with us:

What has been the most rewarding part about building, rather than buying established?

It was wonderful to see all the selections I made turn into a beautiful home. I visited my site every weekend and watched the project grow, from sandpit to slab, to frame, to house. Being able to decorate with a mix of new and up-cycled furniture and all my artwork has been great, too.

What is your favourite room in your new house?

That has to be the open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. I love my kitchen the most and now spend a lot more time there than I ever expected to. My oven is getting a workout as I learn to bake. And I have always loved the idea of living in a house with stairs.

What made you choose Homebuyers Centre?

It was important to me that I had a new home that was move-in ready. Homebuyers Centre offered just that. I was also able to upgrade to larger kitchen appliances, timber laminate flooring, skylights in the bathrooms and pivot shower doors. That would have taken me a while to do myself. I trusted building with Homebuyers Centre as they have a good reputation and I wasn’t disappointed.

Would you have any advice for anyone looking to build a home?

Research builders and be clear about what is left out when it comes to inclusions. Don’t assume anything. Make sure you understand all the paperwork, including any variations, get everything in writing and talk to a finance specialist to get budgeting advice. If you have been thinking about building, just take the first step and enquire. You will be giving yourself a rewarding goal to work towards.

How would you describe the experience overall?

It has been a fantastic experience. Initially it was nerve-wracking as I was taking on a massive financial commitment. I’d never even owned a credit card. But the team at Resolve Finance, who I dealt with through Homebuyers Centre, were very helpful. The Homebuyers Centre customer service team answered all my questions promptly, the tradespeople were all polite, punctual and tidy, and my site manager, took so much care with my home, it was as if it were his own.

"If you have been thinking about building, just take the first step and enquire. You will be giving yourself a rewarding goal to work towards." Michelle said.