Its everyone’s dream. They’ve watched ‘The Block’, how hard can it be? Money for jam….as they say. I’ll be driving a black Mercedes in no time!
Well to be totally honest, it’s a trap for young players. So be careful. There are plenty of investment services out there who claim they can make you money through their schemes; and they might when the market is booming and they’re building in hot spots. But markets rise and fall and the current hotspot goes cold. Ask all the people who invested in medium density projects in the Hunter Valley at the peak of the mining boom or in Western Australia for that matter.
Boom Over = rental property empty = house value plummeted
You may want to go about it your own way. Here’s what you need to know…..
8. Now its time for Agcad Design to do its magic. It’s called the ‘Concept Design’ and its the first exciting bit. We will take all the inputs including the detailed survey, location of services, site constraints, knowledge of the DCP , oh….. and you’re input and we will juggle them around and come up with a solution. I know….clever right! This solution comes to you in the form of site and floor plans and some swish 3D views of the proposal and I’m sure you’ll love it! Of course you may want to change a few things and if we can do that and the development will still fit the guidelines then lets go right ahead!
9. So we’re agreed on the concept. The sit back and relax and let us do our stuff. The Development Application (DA) plans will be ready in no time. At this stage we will need to engage any other consultants including stormwater engineers, landscape designers, energy assessors or even a heritage consultant. Don’t worry well sort it out….all you have to do is pay for it!
10. So its approved! I’ve got some bruises and scrapes but again the mighty Agcad Design has defeated the forces of bureaucracy to win you a mighty victory…………. Steady on its really only just begun.
11. So during the approval process Hunter Water or you local water authority has provided some conditions to be met when connecting to their water and sewer services. This is part of what’s known as the Section 50 Certificate and you are given a ‘notice of formal requirements’. You will then be required to enter a Developer Works Deed with Hunter Water which basically says you will engage a qualified consultant to design the sewer and water connection, organise for an accredited plumber to perform the works and then have the original consultant inspect it all and provide reports back to the water authority. Simple hey? No not really. This can be a challenging stage of the development process. But of course, were here to help.
12. So they’ve dug up you’re site and you’ve parted with some ‘lumpy’ fees and now you’re ready to build. But first you need your Construction Certificate (CC). Luckily your highly abled designer has been toiling away in the background for you and has prepared the working drawings and certified engineering drawings. Then its back to Council or as we prefer off to the local Private Certifying Authority (PCA) who will sign off on the CC. Hooray! You’re ready to build. Sorry….did I mention before you can have the CC released you need to pay developer charges to Council. They are not inconsiderate and should be checked online for your area (Section 94 Fees) and factored into your numbers at the start
13. Hang on. Have you lined up the builder? Hopefully you’ve got some prices from various builders and checked how their timing is so you can make a start. Again we can give you some names of people we trust. Once you’ve made the contact and signed the contract you’re away and you become the builders new best friend. Typically theywill organise most things from there and use the private certifier to sign off on things along the way. You will find that Council will still want to be involved at various stages as well. They will want to look at the stormwater in-situ prior to pouring driveways and they will want to look at the crossover to the kerb. All of which they charge a fee for of course. At this point your bank balance will start to bleed!
14. So its getting really exciting and the buildings are at ‘lock-up’ stage; a term strangely meaning the buildings are ‘locked up’ but more importantly that the builder can extract that major stage payment from you! Now is the time when you need to get your sub-division application together. The buildings may be Strata Title or preferably Torrens titled but either way an application now needs to be made to council for them to approve the sub-division ‘in principal’. The reality is they get another fee, stamp the plans and you then you have to send it to the NSW Government Land Registry Services (LRS). Our ‘fully trained’ surveyor can help you facilitate this process. Did I mention it involves more fees?
15. You’re so close now you can almost taste the profit. It takes no time at all to have the development looking like real buildings but it seems to take forever to do the ‘fit-out’. It can be fun if you that way inclined, as you can spend your weekends at selection centres picking tiles and tapware, showers and sh*tters. Oh, and you’ll need a kitchen too.
16. It might be time to get that Real Estate Agent involved again. You know, the one you promised the sale when you were picking his/her brain at the beginning. Or maybe not that one at all. They’re interchangeable after all. Levity aside, get a good agent and stick with them. They can be a real asset. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hit them up for a discount on their fees! Have them tell you what they think you’re properties are worth and then pick a lower figure so you wont be disappointed! Hopefully these numbers are ‘sweet’ and you’re development is on track. In a good property market the value of your properties may even rise during the approval and construction period but conversely the opposite can occur.
So now the nervous energy kicks is as you are judged by the public at endless Open Homes. With any luck you will sell it early but whether you do or you don’t you will have had the best possible chance by following good processes and by engaging Agcad Design to show you the way