10 Things to Remember When Choosing Your First Home Builder

How to Choose a Home Builder

As with most things in life, home builders come in all shapes and sizes and picking the right builder for you is an important decision. To help you out we’ve gathered 10 top tips for finding your perfect home builder:

1 – Get your finances organised: Work out your budget, what you need to save for a deposit and any other outgoings and what your borrowing capacity to purchase a home will be. Talk to an experienced financial advisor who has experience in working with home builders, and who can fill you in on details you might not otherwise consider. For more information on what to expect from this process, see our Introduction to Financing Your First Home.

2 – Write a list of must-haves, would-likes and don’t wants in your home design. For example: must-have four bedrooms, would-like a butler’s pantry, don’t want stairs. This will help when you start the next stage of the process which is…

3 – Do some online research. Check out builder products, reviews, designs and offers online to see what’s out there.

4 – At the same time…ask friends and relatives for recommendations. If you know someone who has built their own home, pick their brains. They’ve got experience of what worked for them and what didn’t work for them and word of mouth reviews are extremely helpful in choosing your first home builder.

5 – Visit a Display Village such as the 33 home Display Village at North Harbour – the largest on Brisbane’s northside. We have 17 of Australia’s best home builders on display with designs including double and single storey, Hamptons style and more. To learn more about North Harbour’s Display Village click here. Display Villages show you what’s possible and is a great place to meet builders face to face and discuss your options.

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6 – Pick a shortlist. Once you’ve visited some Display Homes and found some designs you like, make a shortlist of builders and home designs. These might be in house and land packages such as the ones North Harbour creates with our builder partners (for more on House and Land packages at North Harbour see here) or design only.

7 – Then the all-important – Get some pricing! Ask each builder for a complete turn-key price to build the design to the specifications you want. Make sure you understand what the price does and doesn’t include. For example, some builders include aircon as standard, some don’t. Some include landscaping, some don’t.

8 – There are no stupid questions. If you don’t understand something, ask! What might seem simple to someone who builds houses for a living might not be obvious to someone doing this for the first time. Much better to have a complete understanding of the process first up.

9 – Weigh it all up and make your call! When you’ve picked your perfect design, and you’re happy with your home builder then…

10 – It’s time to visit the North Harbour Sales Team and choose your perfect block of land and start the process of building your dream home.

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Find North Harbour

North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village with café and two playgrounds is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases 33 brand new Display Homes from 17 of Australia’s best home builders. If you’re looking for land for sale near Brisbane, please contact us.

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About North Harbour

North Harbour is a unique residential development in the northern corridor between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, located along 9km of direct river frontage and 10 minutes from beautiful Moreton Bay and surrounding islands.

North Harbour boasts amenities which are truly 21st-century with access to the fastest residential broadband connection in Australia and reticulated natural gas to every home. Well located for easy access to the Bruce Highway, Morayfield train station is just 10 minutes away and nearby North Lakes, Burpengary and Morayfield shopping centres, as well as Costco, Bunnings and IKEA are within easy reach.

North Harbour differs from similarly sized southeast Queensland developments in that on completion it will offer a huge 1000 acres of open space and parklands (even larger than Central Park in New York) including environmental corridors, river access and a unique $3m heritage precinct (currently under construction).

The proposed 1000 acres of open space and parklands include walking and bike tracks, lots of trees (almost 60,000 have already been planted) and plenty of play equipment for young and older kids, BBQs, artworks and picnic areas as well as exercise equipment. North Harbour has three parks open already, another two will open later this year.


  • Variety of housing choices ranging from affordable Premium Villas to larger Traditional lots
  • 33 Home display village with the latest designs from 17 national and local builders
  • Fibre optic broadband capable of speeds matching the fastest broadband in Australia
  • Reticulated gas to each home

BITE Markets at North Harbour is a brand-new destination within the growing North Harbour community which has transformed weekends on the Northside! It’s the perfect place to eat, drink, spend time with friends and family, a place everyone is welcome, full of colour, adventures, wonderful food, entertainment and all sorts of flavours celebrating produce from the Moreton Bay region! Located at exit 150 off the Bruce Highway on Nolan Drive, open from 4pm-10pm every Friday and Saturday night. Click here to see Bite TV!

North Harbour parkrun: 7am, every Saturday. Free 5km cross country run/ walk around the future Heritage Park.

Sunrise Yoga in the Park: 7am every Sunday. Free yoga class to suit all levels in Reflections Park.

North Harbour Café is also open every weekend including Friday Burger Nights.

Bold Living at North Harbour’s Display Village: Beautiful, Quality Homes in a Family-Friendly Location

Bold Living at North Harbour

Bold Living has been one of North Harbour’s builder partners since the development began and is very popular with buyers, building beautiful homes that bring dreams to life, creating places families will love. As the name implies, every Bold home makes a unique statement, thanks to contemporary design, attention to detail, flexibility and quality in construction.

As a family owned and operated business, we understand that building your new home is so much more than choosing a floor plan, colours, bricks and mortar. It’s about the experience, and the exciting journey you’re embarking on. Creating your dream and place to enjoy a life that fulfils all desires. A home tells a story of who are and is a collection of what you love. Everyone on the Bold Living team shares a love of the business and our commitment to excellence; extending professional advice, a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on – because we all understand that building your new home is a big deal.

Our pledge to you is innovative home designs, contemporary and timeless style, exceptional customer service and a quality-built home. We pride ourselves on being genuine and personal, working hard to understand your individual needs and challenges. To gain a true understanding on how you live, and the moments you live for. We truly value individuality, having hand crafted over 90 home designs to suit the lives of Queenslanders today. From excitingly affordable first homes, to luxury residences and expansive acreage sanctuaries.

We invite you to discover Bold Living’s brand-new array of contemporary display homes at North Harbour, Burpengary East. Showcasing two of Bold’s most popular home designs, you’ll be sure to find one that expresses you, and what you love.


The pinacle of family living – Athena 349

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Discover family living at its finest, at our Athena 349. Celebrating style, sophistication and practicality – this home has been designed to capitalise on seamless outdoor living integration and comfortable family living.

Boasting three spacious living areas and four bedrooms including a luxurious master ensuite with a large ensuite and walk in robe – there is room for everyone. The kitchen, living and dining form the heart of the home, opening out to the spacious outdoor living space, perfectly suited for entertaining. Embracing natural light, this area is filled with large windows, sky lights and cornerless stacking doors allowing maximum light flooding in.

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The kitchen is the heart of any home – providing a space for everyone in the family to gather amidst the hustle and bustle of life. We are delighted that the Athena 349 won best new kitchen up to $50,000 at the 2018 HIA Interior Design Awards.

Everything essential – Sophia 22

Bold Living

Everything essential is including in this smart single level design. Four spacious bedrooms, study nook and open plan living at the heart of the home – this home design is perfectly suited to first home buyers, expanding families or downsizers. If you love to entertain, the outdoor living is the ideal space to relax and unwind in!

The kitchen, living and dining space is truly enviable – featuring raked ceilings, open plan design and oversized windows to the rear façade – looking to the backyard. The corner stacking door to the outdoor living – once opened provide a seamless connection to the outdoor living from the kitchen/living spaces.


Let Bold Living help you create your dream home

Your Bold home celebrates your own personal style. It’s the place where you can be you. Bold’s design portfolio presents a wide choice of styles, each one easily adaptable to your life – whether you’re thinking of an excitingly affordable first home, a luxury residence or an expansive acreage sanctuary.

Home can mean so many different things to so many different people. That’s why it’s so important to find one that expresses you. Our display homes at North Harbour are open 7 days from 10am – 5pm. To find out more about Bold Living at North Harbour click here.

Like to visit us? North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & 33 Home Display Village with café and two playgrounds is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases 33 brand new home designs from 17 of Australia’s best builders, including Bold Living. North Harbour is taking the new home market by storm, having recently won the UDIA Queensland Award for Best Residential Subdivision and is EnviroDevelopment Accredited.

For more information on land and houses for sale at North Harbour, please contact us.

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