With new build costs on a par (if not under) with buying an existing 'as is' house these days.
It's also the fact you know what you're getting when building.
And by that, I mean you're not buying some ex-crack den that's been tidied up, given a quick lick of paint and sold on by an unscrupulous estate agent who couldn't give two flying fucks about the health of the future inhabitants but instead is focused on their dollar religion.
So, with that being said - here's my top 5 things you need to know before building a home.
1. Stock Design v. Architect
Personally, I would go with an off the shelf stock standard design and hire a Draftsperson to make any changes and get it through Council (or local Government body) for me. You're looking at <$10K all in design wise for that option.
But if you're looking for a one off bespoke design with all the bells and whistles and a house designed for your personal wish list, then the latter is probably the option tha...