Common Questions

Got a few questions? We’ve got the answers.  

We get it. This is one of the biggest commitments you will ever make in your life. Building your own home is so exciting, but it’s only natural to have plenty of questions about the process. That’s why it pays to go with a builder that can answer them with the assurance of over 25 years experience building in the South West. If there is a question you have you don’t see on the list, drop us a line and we’ll happily answer any questions you may have.

Will my home be energy compliant?

Ventura South West is leading the industry by designing and building new homes that guarantee to meet the NatHERS 6 Star energy rating. You can relax and live lightly knowing every home we build in the South West comes with a 6-star energy rating, that makes the most of your location.

The flow on benefits of this mean you are projected to use 24%* less energy to heat and cool throughout the year! And that translates to real savings off your energy bills and ultimately, gives you more moola for your Benesse breaky.

See all our six-star designs. 

Do you deal with first or second home buyers?

Both!

After 25 years building in the South West we’ve got a fair bit of experience with a wide variety of South West locals. If you are just getting started on your building journey we’ve designed the Ventura First range to provide excellent bang for your buck, and allow you to pay off your own mortgage (rather than someone else’s) sooner!

If you’re looking to level up, look to our Ventura Forever range. These homes provide extra space, light and premium inclusions when you’re planning to build your family’s forever home, and our local designers really do consider every detail. There are many contemporary open plan home designs to choose from, ranging from three bedrooms up to five!

Where do you build?

We love living and building in the South West so much, that we don’t build anywhere else. From Augusta in the south to Waroona in the north and Harvey in the east, we’re here to help you make the South West even more special. Because it’s our home too.

How do I get started?

Not sure where to start? The easiest way is to have an obligation free chat with one of our friendly New Home Consultants. Simply contact us here or if you aren’t ready to start the conversation have a look at our home designs to get some inspiration.

 

How long does a build take?

The length of a build will depend on the type of home you are building and where you are building. We will always aim to get you into your new home as soon as possible- without compromising quality. Some construction builds have longer lead times. Once your home design is finalised your consultant will be able to advise on build time.

How do I choose the right block of land?

Finding the right block of land to suit the home you want is important to ensure you can build the house of your dreams. It also means you won’t have to worry about extra costs down the track. We have access to the very best new home and land packages across WA’s most exclusive new estates and communities due to our strong relationships with land developers.

Can you help me find a home and land package?

We have excellent relationships with land developers across WA and we can access exclusive home and land packages. This ensures you have access to the best land at the best value first.

Will my home be energy compliant?

Ventura South West is leading the industry by designing and building new homes that guarantee to meet the NatHERS 6 Star energy rating. You can relax and live lightly knowing every home we build in the South West comes with a 6-star energy rating, that makes the most of your location.

The flow on benefits of this mean you are projected to use 24%* less energy to heat and cool throughout the year! And that translates to real savings off your energy bills and ultimately, gives you more moola for your Benesse breaky.

See all our six-star designs. 

When do I get to do my selections?

Prestart is one of the most exciting parts of building your home, it’s where you get to pick all your colours and finishes that make a house a home! All Prestarts are conducted at our state-of-the-art Bunbury Showroom. 

After you sign your building contract, your Prestart Consultant will arrange a formal Prestart meeting. Before the Prestart we’ll require you to do a little bit of homework (the fun kind), in our interactive online portal. If you can’t wait until Prestart to start your design dreams, scroll to your hearts content on our Pinterest page. 

Where can I see the designs in real life?

We have 6 display homes conveniently located throughout the South West in Treendale, Dalyellup, Vasse and Dunsborough Lakes where you can experience Ventura South West quality and design ingenuity for yourself. You’ll get a true sense of how we build ‘down south’, with proudly local workmanship, innovative design principles and precise attention to detail.

Display homes are open Wednesday 2-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm, if a different time suits, we welcome you to book a pricate display home tour with us. Find out all the information you need on our display homes here.

 

 

We're thinking about building but don’t know how to get started?

The big advantage in building a new home is that you get exactly what you want. Start by thinking about the lifestyle you want and where you would like to live. You’ll also need to consider what your budget is. We can help you design the best home for your lifestyle and budget.

Do I have to build exactly what's on the plan?

We get it, no two families are the same and chances are what you need from a home is slightly different to what your neighbor needs. That’s why our New Homes Consultants will work with you to craft your perfect home. Use the our home designs as a starting point and let inspiration flow from there.

What is a variation?

A variation is a change made to a standard home design. This can range from simply adding a new door or moving a window.

What are standard inclusions?

Standard inclusions are features and fixtures included in the price of the home. You can visit our world-class Showroom to see our amazing range of inclusions. And your consultant can advise you on your inclusions plus discuss any upgrades you may wish to make.

What are the drawbacks of an interest only loan?

With an interest only loan you could pay more interest over the life of your loan and you won’t build equity in your home during the interest only period. If you don’t prepare properly you may also find yourself facing financial stress when the interest only period expires.

What are the benefits of an interest only loan?

The biggest advantage of an interest only loan is that you’ll be able to make much smaller repayments on your home loan for a period of time. This can be beneficial if you’re currently on a tight budget, trying to pay off other debts or wanting to build up your savings.

What documents will you need to apply for a construction loan?

In addition to meeting normal lending requirements around income and expenses, you’ll also need to provide your lender with some other documentation. You’ll usually need to provide a building contract, building plan, quotations from your builder and local council permits and approvals.

How do lenders charge interest on construction loans?

With a construction loan you only need to pay interest on the amount of credit that has been drawn at different stages of construction. For example if you’ve been approved for $400,000 but so far you’ve only used $100,000, you’ll only have to pay interest for that $100,000. Throughout construction you’ll only need to pay interest, once your home is built your loan will revert to a standard principal and interest loan.

Why would someone need a guarantor?

A borrower might need a guarantor because they’re young and don’t have much credit history, they might for instance be a first home buyer, or they may have just started a job, have a history of bad credit or have a lower income or savings than the banks require. A guarantor can help borrowers overcome these hurdles.

Can anyone be a guarantor?

Your lender will usually require that a guarantor is someone you have a close personal relationship with. This usually means a parent or a spouse, but it could also be siblings, aunts or uncles or an in-law.

What does it mean to be a loan guarantor?

Being a guarantor means you’ll be helping someone to get credit. Guarantor’s basically provide a guarantee on a loan by promising to pay back a debt if the borrower can’t. A portion or all of the equity in the guarantor’s property is usually required by lenders as additional collateral on the loan.

What’s the lending criteria for a no deposit loan?

Most lenders will have fairly strict criteria for a no deposit home loan. Requirements for a borrow may include;
● A good credit score
● Responsible repayment history
● Stable employment

What are the main benefits of a no deposit loan?

The main benefit of a no deposit home loan is that it will help you get onto the property market much more quickly which means you can start building the equity in your home and save money on rent. There are drawbacks however, they usually require home buyers to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) and strict eligibility criteria usually applies.

What are the main benefits of a low deposit loan?

The main advantages of a low deposit home loan is that they allow you to get onto the property market sooner with a smaller deposit which means you can stop paying rent and start growing the equity in your home.

When do I get to do my selections?

Prestart is one of the most exciting parts of building your home, it’s where you get to pick all your colours and finishes that make a house a home! All Prestarts are conducted at our state-of-the-art Bunbury Showroom. 

After you sign your building contract, your Prestart Consultant will arrange a formal Prestart meeting. Before the Prestart we’ll require you to do a little bit of homework (the fun kind), in our interactive online portal. If you can’t wait until Prestart to start your design dreams, scroll to your hearts content on our Pinterest page. 

What are site works and what do they cost?

Site works include all the work done to your block of land, getting it ready to be built on. Siteworks can include (but are not limited to) the below:

  • Removal of light vegetation
  • Service connection from existing points (power, sewer, water, gas, and phone)
  • 3-point NBN package
  • All engineering fees (incl. retaining wall, wind loading, and stormwater)
  • All shire fees, deposits, and bonds
  • Boundary fence removal and re-installment
  • Concrete pumps as required

Ventura South West does provide fixed priced siteworks in some locations. Contact us to find out if your area is eligible for fixed price site works.

 

 

Do you use local trades?

Abso-southwest-lutely. We’re proud to use hundreds of local trades and suppliers in the South West and are committed to making the South West an even better place to live, because it’s our home too.

Do I get a warranty?

After building in the South West for over 25 years and helping thousands of locals into their own slice of South West heaven, we are pretty confident in the quality of our build. So confident in fact that we provide a lifetime structural warranty on every one of our Ventura South West homes. That’s right, the structural integrity of your new home is guaranteed for the lifetime of your home.

Where can I see the quality for myself?

We have 6 display homes conveniently located throughout the South West in Treendale, Dalyellup, Vasse and Dunsborough Lakes where you can experience Ventura South West quality and design ingenuity for yourself. You’ll get a true sense of how we build ‘down south’, with proudly local workmanship, innovative design principles and precise attention to detail.

Display homes are open Wednesday 2-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm, if a different time suits, we welcome you to book a pricate display home tour with us. Find out all the information you need on our display homes here. 

What's the quality like?

After building in the South West for over 25 years and helping thousands of locals into their own slice of South West heaven, we are pretty confident in the quality of our build. So confident in fact that we provide a lifetime structural warranty on every one of our Ventura South West homes. that’s right, the structural integrity of your new home is guaranteed for the lifetime of your home.

Who makes sure the slab is poured correctly?

Ensuring the foundations of your new home are constructed to the highest standard is integral to the quality of your build with Ventura Homes. When you build with us, the preparation and foundations process of your build is managed by our specialist Starts team. They oversee your slab being poured and ensure it is completed to the highest standard, so you can rest assured knowing your home build gets off to the right start.

When do I get to meet my site supervisor?

Just prior to construction starting until your key handover your customer liaison will be your primary point of contact.

During construction your dedicated client liaison will contact you to arrange a suitable time to meet your construction site supervisor for the first time. This usually takes place shortly after the bricks arrive on site. This won’t be the only time you get to discuss your build with your site supervisor, you will also get to meet them for a tile meeting, after lock up, and a few times towards the end of the build to before handing over the keys.

What warranties do you offer?

We are so confident in our quality assurance, we guarantee your home for life. All of our homes come with a 25 year Lifetime Structural Warranty ensuring you have peace of mind with your new home.

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