Inclusions to look for when building a house

21 September 2016
Building a home is an exciting experience but there can be a few costs not included in the quoted price. Find out what they are at Canstar.

There’s only one way to get a new house that perfectly suits the needs of your family – and that’s to build it. Whether it’s a house and land package or a custom-built design, inclusions when building a house are so important. It’s important to carefully note everything that is (and isn’t) included as part of the price. Paying extra for bits and pieces soon adds up!


Inclusions when building a house

As a starting point, of course, you need to ensure that basic items such as council approval, soil testing, retaining, drainage, insurance and dump fees are included in your quoted price. Beyond that, here are 30 more items that you may want to enquire about:

Inclusions when building a house

Wall and ceiling insulation TV points
Double Power Points Dishwasher
Clothes line Paving
Mailbox Curtains/blinds
Door security screens Connection to services
Rainwater tank Outdoor lighting
All outdoor drainage Window  locks
Fencing Cornices

check for these inclusions

Light Fittings Window glazing
Stove/Oven Good quality tapware
Driveway Eaves
Landscaping Window flyscreens
Air Conditioning/heating Colour choice
Ducted Vacuum System All internal/external painting
Double Garage Carpet/flooring


It’s important to note that this isn’t an exhaustive list. You will know what other features are important for your household, so sit down and make a list of them all before you start talking contracts.  At the end of the day, it’s about getting a home that you love at a price that is comfortably inclusive.

Costs of building: How do we compare?

The most recent Turner & Townsend  international construction market survey 2016 has calculated that construction costs in Australia are expected to rise 2.5 per cent on average in 2016; more than double the current inflation rate.

The costs across Australia’s four major markets show Brisbane increased by 4 per cent in the past 12 months, Sydney hit 3.5 per cent while Perth and Melbourne recorded cost increases of only 1 per cent respectively.

Gary Emmett, Senior Economist for Turner & Townsend comments: “Since last year’s survey Australia’s construction costs have only increased a few per cent in contrast to other countries where markets are overheated.

“To ensure Australian prices stay at reasonable levels, the construction industry must think differently and look for cost savings within the supply chain where the biggest savings and innovation can be found. These include manufacturing production, design and logistics.”

The report calculates the following average construction costs per square metre:


Residential Brisbane Melbourne Perth Sydney
Individual detached or terrace style house – medium standard $1,685 $1,650 $1,670 $2,000
Individual detached house – prestige $3,060 $2,750 $3,030 $3,500
Townhouses – medium standard $1,735 $1,800 $1,870 $2,000
Apartments low-rise – medium standard $1,840 $1,980 $1,920 $2,200
Apartment – high rise $2,650 $2,750 $2,930 $2,850
Aged care/affordable units $2,520 $2,400 $2,630 $2,650

Source: Turner & Townsend 2016 International Construction Market Survey

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