The beginning of a new year brings the unique opportunity to reflect on achievements from the past 12 months and make some decisions for your journey ahead. It’s the perfect blank slate, whether that be for a new beginning, or re-capturing some dreams that didn’t eventuate. We’re not talking New Year’s resolutions, because we all know most of these don’t make it to the end of January.
For many, a new life in their dream home is top of the list this year. Think of family Christmas in your new home, endless summer BBQs and entertaining, and a place to call your own, all of this could be yours. 2018 is the year you will make it happen, with these 3 simple planning hacks, it’s time to start the journey.
#1 Share your plans
Make your new home dreams real by sharing your plans with your friends and family. By publishing your goals to the world, you are in turn making yourself accountable. Your network will help keep you focused on the big picture and motivate you to keep true to your new year aspirations. Create a moodboard to share with friends, get advice from family on what they love about their home, and keep the motivation flowing.
#2 Action plan
It’s planning 101 to make sure you have an action plan to work towards your goal. Because building a new home is such a significant milestone, it can help to create a series of micro plans to ensure that you feel a sense of achievement along the way. If you’re just starting out on the new home journey, or even need to refresh from last year’s efforts, here is a good checklist to start you off on your new home journey.
If 2018 is the year you build your dream home, it’s important to set a timeline to make this happen. Start with adding some dates around the Home Buying Checklist, making them achievable, detailed and ultimately adding to your dream accountability. Carlisle offers a guaranteed build time, which means from the time your land is ready to build on, you can book in your move in date, and start thinking about life as a home owner.
1. Display home visit
Nothing beats experiencing the new home feel like a visit to display homes. It’s a good idea to visit as many different display homes as you can fit in – the Carlisle website has handy trip planning and maps to get you started.
2. Play with ideas
Customising your home to suit your individual needs is the exciting part of the journey! Carlisle’s suite of interactive tools including Visualiser, Moodboards, Collections and Gallery can help you to fine tune your wish-list.
3. Always learning
You can never have too much information when it comes to new home building, whether that be design tips, land selection or finance advice. Carlisle hosts regular information sessions for home buyers at the Spectra Showroom – a great opportunity to ask the burning questions and benefit from the advice of experts.
4. Find your community
You may already have an idea of where you want your new home to be, so it’s a good idea to check out house & land packages. The best lots have been chosen and a selection of houses have been sited to make the most of energy efficiency, outdoor space and streetscape, all it needs is the finishing touches to make it yours. Carlisle Homes are the experts in house & land, with priority access to blocks in the most sought after estates across Melbourne and Geelong
5. Home walk through
A personal walk through of the display home with a sales professional can be a great opportunity to finalise your plans. You can book this walk-through with your Carlisle sales consultant, and remember to ask as many questions as possible.
6. Home quotation
A home quotation turns a design into your new dream home. Your Carlisle consultant can take you through a detailed quotation based on your chosen design, block of land, current promotion and upgrade needs.
7. Finance appointment
New home finance is a specialised lending situation, which can be different to buying an established home. Carlisle recommends Loan Studio who are construction finance specialists. They can source the most suitable finance structure to suit your needs and help you to understand your eligibility for government grants.
8. Customising options
Turning a design into your new home with everything you need and have dreamt about, styled just for you, is what building new is all about. A visit to Carlisle’s Spectra Showroom will provide endless inspiration into colours, textures and product options for your new home.
Now is the time to tackle those life goals and make them happen, as Mark Twain so aptly coined it, it’s time to ‘plan for the future because that’s where you will spend the rest of your life’.