UPDATE :: Queensland Government Home Construction Grants

Home Construction Grants abound in many Australian cities. These are primarily intended for people who have plans of purchasing an Australian home for the first time. The beauty with home grants is that they carry no interest and the recipient is not required to repay them in the future.

Home Construction Grants are particularly helpful for Australians intent on building their first homes. The eligibility requirements for these grants can be strict though. Given this, it is important that compliance to existing laws on home construction is observed as this could influence any pending application for a home grant.

For example, when the construction involves paving, it is best to seek the advice of the city council where the new house is to be registered. In Brisbane, the city council usually determines if a building project will require prior approval. In this regard, basic rules need to be observed when doing paving works as part of a home construction project. These include the use of materials with solid and non-slip features like asphalt and concrete.

Meanwhile, when it comes to architects, the basic rule is to choose one that will be comfortable to work with. Of particular importance though is the architect service rate. Home Construction Grants can be affected in cases where the service fee of the architect is beyond the pre-determined budget level. Generally though, the standard architect charges should only be around one percent of the entire costs incurred while completing the construction of the house.

Other than architects, the services of professional designers like patio builders will also have to be considered when building a home in Brisbane. Just like architects, patio builders and related home designers are regulated and must be duly-registered in the state where they are practicing their profession.

This is especially true in Brisbane, and homeowners should make it a point to inspect the indemnity insurance of a prospective patio builder. This is a basic requirement that all registered Brisbane home designers must present prior to getting hired.

Brisbane plumbing, on the other hand, can be a bit complex when it involves new home construction. Briefly, however, any plumbing project will not be allowed to proceed unless an assigned member of the city council has assessed and inspected the area in question. Additionally, the council has to approve the plumbing project before actual work can commence.

Depending on the type of plumbing that will be done, a duly-licensed plumber may have to be hired. In this case, he needs to present the notification of service that will be issued to him by the Plumbing Industry Council.

The issue on how much the plumber will charge for his services will depend on a number of factors. When contacting a plumbing expert, he will most likely charge the homeowner for visiting his home. Once hired, he will be asking for an hourly rate.

Other factors that will come into the calculation of the plumbing charges include the area where the house is located and the skill level of the plumber. Home Construction Grants should thus be used wisely when dealing with plumbing issues.

Home Construction Grants should also consider the cost of installing an air condition unit in the total expenses for new home construction. As with other Brisbane home professionals, air condition installers need to have the required license. Other than that, the unit itself should be properly certified in accordance with existing Australian laws.

The needed air condition license can be secured from the ARC or the Australian Refrigeration Council, the government agency tasked to issue certifications for all air condition units being sold in Australia. The licensing has to do with the fluorocarbon refrigerant gas content of many air con units which has been found to be a key player in the deterioration of the environment.

Home Construction Grants need not be significantly affected with the issuance or non-issuance of these licenses. Still, it does point out the need for Brisbane residents to be aware of the current issues involving fluorocarbons and what they can do to prevent environmental problems from further worsening.