Keys to Your First Kingdom: A Guide for First Home Buyers

Buying your first home is an exciting and monumental step that signifies a new chapter in your life. Many people dream of one day owning their own home, and first home buyers have a chance to complete that dream and experience what it’s like to have a place that you can truly call your own.

But something so momentous isn’t going to be easy. You’ll want to make the right choices to find a home that’s truly right for you and your family rather than rushing in and potentially ending up with a house you’re not so happy about.

What Are Your Best Options?

When purchasing a wonderful new home in New Zealand, one option you could choose is a house and land package. House and land packages are a deal where buyers can purchase both the land and the home that's on it.

These packages typically involve selecting a plot of land and then choosing a home design for the house that will be built on it. This provides a seamless experience from start to finish, allowing you to pick a piece of land that’s in a good location for your needs as well as a beautiful home design that suits your lifestyle. Alternatively, the home may already be completed, and you can purchase the land and the home together.

A few reasons why first home buyers choose house and land packages are:

  • Convenience. House and land packages are a streamlined choice. Rather than having to separately find land, and then go through the trouble of finding builders and picking a good home design, you can compile the process for a more efficient, less stressful process. This makes these packages a great option for buyers who don't already own land. You may want to consider design and build services if you do have land.
  • Cost-Effective. Depending on what you choose, these packages often offer better value for money.
  • Customisation. Many packages offer various customisation options, so you can tailor your new home to suit your requirements perfectly. Not only will you be able to choose land that’s in a great location, you can also have a home built that’s ideal for you and your family.

Tips For NZ New Home Buyers Looking For Their Ideal House And Land Package

The home buying process is undoubtedly stressful; what can you do to make it more seamless for you?

Understand Your Budget. Before you do anything, be sure you understand your budget. Think about not just the purchase price of your package but also any potential additional costs like moving expenses. While purchasing a house and land package, and any additional fees, may be costly and intimidating for first home buyers, remember that you’re making an investment that could benefit you and your family for many, many years.

Research Locations. Location is paramount when purchasing a house and land package. Think about a location that would be ideal for your lifestyle. Do you have kids? Then, you may want to choose land that’s close to a good school. Do you frequently rely on public transport? Then, look to see if public transport is easily accessible in the area. Think about your standard routine and imagine if living in a home on the land you’re looking at would be good for you and your family.

Find Good Builders. The quality of your new home will depend on the experience and skills of your chosen home builders. Research potential builders and look at their offerings, services, past projects and any other factors that are important to you.

For example, ask them about how customisable their home designs are. Discuss your options with your potential home builder, including layout modifications, choice of materials and finishes. This ensures your new home aligns with your personal taste and requirements and will help your builders understand what you’re looking for.

Understand The Timeline And Be Patient. Purchasing a new home takes time, and first home buyers need to be patient and thorough. Regardless of whether you’re buying a house and land package with a home that’s already built or if you’re planning to have a new home built on empty land, remain patient and calm.

Additionally, while you should stay efficient, don’t rush into the process and avoid making decisions without reflecting on them. Staying patient and putting in work will allow you to find a location and home that are right for you.

On average, building a new home from the ground up takes around 4 - 9 months, depending on details like the design you choose.

Finding The Right Home For You In Aotearoa

Buying your first home is exciting, and we at Frame Homes strive to help first home buyers find their new dream homes. Along with our house and land packages, we also have a design and build service that may be the ideal choice for you.

Are you ready to get started? Call us on 09 238 1351, we’ll be glad to discuss your situation with you.

Find your first kingdom; consider Frame Homes.