What are the key things to consider when buying a new home?

06 June 2024

For most people, a home is the biggest financial investment they’ll ever make.

And in terms of emotional significance, it’s up there with starting a family, landing your dream job, or ticking an item off your bucket list after years of dreaming and planning.

That means, when it’s crunch time, logic can fall by the wayside, and we can default to making decisions with our hearts and not our heads.

At Sekisui House, we’re in the business of helping people find and purchase their new home. That’s why we’ve harnessed 60 years of experience to collate this helpful checklist of things to consider before you buy your first – or next – home. 


Can you trust the process?

Big decisions like building a home require expert guidance.

Trust comes down to two key elements- reputation and communication.

SHAWOOD are renowned for our unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship, innovative design, and exceptional customer satisfaction, establishing a reputation as a trusted leader in the home building industry.

Our SHAWOOD customers are our number-one priority. That’s why our team of experts will be with you every step of the way, keeping you across the details of your home, from the day you sign the contract to the construction process and all the way up until the moment you unlock the door to your new home for the first time.


SHAWOOD Customer Care Team


Will it stand the test of time?

Longevity of a home comes down to a few key factors:

  • Materials used
  • Construction quality
  • Design
  • Technology

SHAWOOD is synonymous with superior quality of construction, characterised by meticulous attention to detail, cutting edge technology and the use of premium materials, ensuring homes are built to the highest standards of durability and longevity.

While defects and breakages are a rarity, we provide ongoing maintenance and repair services to ensure any issues are resolved quickly and with minimal fuss.

Leveraging advanced construction techniques, SHAWOOD homes aim to set a new benchmark for modern living; with a focus on creating spaces that are not only beautiful but are built smart to stand the test of time.


Home in Norman Estates


Will it keep me safe?

In today's world, where extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe, it's crucial to choose a home builder who is prepared for both present and future challenges. At SHAWOOD, we understand this reality and have designed our homes with your safety as our top priority.

SHAWOOD homes are designed with your safety in mind, featuring advanced framing systems for unmatched strength and precision. Our homes are built to stand strong against the toughest conditions, whether it's earthquakes or extreme weather, thanks to our innovative construction techniques and the use of premium, sustainable materials. We pay close attention to every detail, especially when it comes to weatherproofing, to ensure your home is a secure and comfortable sanctuary – come rain or shine!


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Does it ensure value for money?

SHAWOOD homes are built to last, with a lifespan of 100 years, providing you with the value of home longevity and durability for generations to come. SHAWOOD incorporates cutting edge technology and sustainable materials which reduce maintenance costs over time and environmental impact, resulting in lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

Our innovative design principles mean we can bring light, cool, and warm your home naturally – and that means you’ll start saving on power bills from the day you move in.

The lifestyle you want to lead should factor high on your list of considerations when building or buying a new home. The last thing one wants to do is spend all their precious time on cleaning and upkeep.

In the same way that our innovative design and construction can help you save on bills, it can also minimise the need for cleaning and maintenance. For example, all SHAWOOD homes are shielded from dust and grime by a nano-hydrophilic coating, meaning your future home can all-but clean itself!


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Is it good for the planet?

We’re more conscious of our personal responsibility to the environment than we’ve ever been, and many Australians extend that same consideration to their home builds.

SHAWOOD homes’ unique timber frames are crafted from wood that’s sustainably grown and sourced in Europe. Plus, they’re cut to size and prepared off-site at our factory in Ingleburn, NSW, meaning the environmental impact on build sites are significantly reduced.  

Sustainability is at the heart of the SHAWOOD philosophy, and we work diligently to connect home-buyers to nature through our designs, meaning you can feel good about your decision for years to come.


Manufacturing and Quality Control Centre, Ingleburn


Should you prepare for surprises?

There’s arguably nothing worse than an unexpected expense – especially one that runs into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. That's why SHAWOOD's approach to house and land packages is designed to eliminate financial surprises.

With our unwavering price guarantee, every detail from site costs to council demands is covered upfront in our fixed-price contracts, ensuring you won't be faced with any hidden costs. Only your deposit is required before construction is completed, and we stand by our commitment not to pass any rising building costs along to you.

With SHAWOOD, enjoy the peace of mind that comes from a clear, streamlined purchasing process and the financial predictability of your most significant investment​.


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