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Now that you have made the decision to build with Jandson Homes, taking the next step is quite simple.

Your Sales Consultant will assist you in organising the payment of a commencement fee and also provide you with a personalised colour pack, to enable you to select the materials and colours for your new home. Soon after this appointment you will receive a letter from our Head Office introducing your own point of contact for any queries that you may have throughout the process, as we firmly believe at Jandson that strong communication with a prompt response system is the key to a positive home building experience.


WEEK 1-8

The pre-construction process then commences with the ordering of the following documentation:

  • Contour Survey of your site to individual Council requirements
  • Bore Hole Test (to determine the type of slab that will be required)
  • Current 149 Certificate (this is a full zoning certificate issued by Council)

On receipt of these details a full set of working plans are prepared in readiness for your approval and the additional information that is required as part of the application for Council is ordered.

  • Nathers and Basix Certificates (energy and water ratings)
  • Landscaping plans
  • Hydraulic Engineering Details (drainage of stormwater)
  • Bushfire reports
  • Acoustic reports

** Please note that not all of these reports will be required for every Council.

If you are building in one of Sydney’ many new estates, it is likely that the estate’s Developer will need to pre-approve your plans and external colour selections before we lodge your Development Application with Council.

This is easily organised and added to our pre-lodgement processing schedule. This pre-approval then forms part of the Development Application paperwork that is lodged with Council.

During this period we will contact you regularly to obtain any information or detail that we may require. This will assist in moving your development through each phase as quickly as possible. Additionally, we are always available to answer any queries that you may have.

Milestone 2 – COUNCIL APPROVAL – Development Application

WEEK 9-16

We’ve briefly outlined the Development Application process below. Please note, however, that both the process and approval timeframes differ slightly from Council to Council.

  • Application lodged with Council
  • Council Officers check that all documentation is correct
  • Neighbour notification period begins (this is when Council sends a copy of the site and elevation plans to your immediate adjoining neighbours advising them of the proposed development.) They will also be advised that if they have any queries or objections that they should contact Council within the next 14 days.
  • The application is then allocated to a Council Inspector. Once the notification period ends the assessment process begins. This process often includes a copy of the documentation being distributed to several different departments within Council, i.e. Engineering, Landscaping, Parks etc. and their comments being requested.
  • Council will liaise with Jandson, if they require further detail or clarification.
  • Once all comments have been received from neighbours, internal departments etc, the Inspector will assess the application in relation to the Development Control Plan and any feedback or concerns that may have been raised.
  • Approval is released.

While the application is being processed in Council, we will order the following detail from our Consultants:

  • Engineering details
  • Sewer Pegout (if required)
  • Waterboard approval

While Council is processing the application, it is important that you are finalising the following details so that we can move quickly into the contract and construction stage when we receive formal approval from Council.

  • Colour Selection appointment completed/finalised and signed off
  • All variations generated from the Colour Selection are signed off and returned to Head Office.
  • If utilising a Lender to fund the project, obtain loan approval and confirm Lender requirements to finalise the loan. (Please send a copy of this approval to Jandson’s Head Office)
  • Start investigating rental properties (if required).

Once Jandson has received the Development Approval from Council, it will be checked and a copy sent to you for your information, specifying any additional items that may be required from you or Jandson to obtain the Construction Certificate.

WEEK 17-20

A Construction Certificate is the final approval required to commence building.
(In some Council areas, we will lodge a combined Development Application/Construction Certificate application concurrently, therefore shortening the time frame)
Jandson will then organise the following details in order to prepare for moving your file into the Construction Department in readiness for building to commence.

  • Apply for the Construction Certificate. (if not already approved with the Development Application)
  • Prepare and issue Contract documents to you for sign off and return.
  • Order Home Owner’s Warranty Insurance.
  • Organise an Estimating file, so that the ordering process can commence for all the materials for your new home.
  • Provide you with a copy of any documentation that your Lender may require.
  • On receipt of the Construction Certificate, contracts are completed/countersigned by Jandson and a copy returned to you for your files and Lender’s requirements.
  • A Customer Relations Co-ordinator is allocated to you for the duration of Construction. They will contact you to introduce themselves and confirm your preferred method of contact. (i.e. email or phone).
  • Final Construction Plans are forwarded to you for checking and sign off.
  • Orders are issued to our Suppliers for all materials
  • A Pegout Survey is ordered from our Surveyors.


  • Pegout Survey completed
  • Temporary Fencing installed
  • Sedimentation control installed
  • Excavation done
  • Piers are poured

(After the Engineer and Certifier have inspected them, the pier holes are filled with concrete to protect against overnight deterioration (wherever possible) and to enable the curing process to begin.

Slab formwork and drainage

Formwork reinforcement and drainage is now set up in readiness for pouring of the slab. Again the Engineer inspects this preparatory work before the slab can be poured.

Pouring the Slab

Slab poured and left to cure (harden) for 5 days.

Progress payment 1 is submitted for payment.

Frames and Windows installed

  • Frames and windows arrive on site. On sites with restricted access, the frame may be delivered in stages.
  • Frames and Trusses are erected. In some cases the roof may be left for erection until the brickwork is completed.

Progress payment 2 is submitted for payment.

Bricks and Tiles laid

Bricks arrive on site and are laid. In some cases brickwork may be completed in stages, allowing for scaffold and other necessary works to be completed.

Fascia and Guttering Installed

Fascia and guttering installed and roof tiles put in place – this may also happen in stages to work with scaffolding.

Progress payment 3 is submitted for payment.

Frame Inspection

  • Bricks are cleaned, electrical cabling and plumbing pipework installed.
  • Air conditioning ducting and electrical cabling also installed (if included in contract)
  • Downpipes are fitted and waterproofing is applied to the bathrooms and laundry.
  • Your frame is inspected by the Principal Certifier

Insulation and Linings

  • Insulation is installed and plasterboard fitted.
  • The plasterboard is sanded and cornices installed.

Lock up, Joinery and Staircase

  • Your home is normally locked up at this point and internal doors and timber work fitted.
  • The staircase (if relevant) is also fitted.

Kitchens, vanities and bath

  • Kitchens, vanities and baths are installed in preparation for tiling.
  • Stone-type benchtops to be fitted to the cupboards (if applicable) will require a further 10 days for manufacturing following on-site measurement of the cupboards.

Progress payment 4 is submitted for payment.

Tiling, painting and other trade finish offs

  • Tiling is completed to the bathrooms, balconies and/or verandahs where applicable.
  • Painting is completed.
  • Plumbing, electrical and carpentry finishes off.

Final Progress payment request is sent in preparation for Settlement

Finish off and Final Inspection

  • Shower Screens and mirrors installed
  • Final paint and touch-up completed
  • House is cleaned
  • Carpet and or/vinyl is laid (if applicable)
  • Fencing and Landscaping completed (if applicable)
  • Kitchen appliances and hot water system are not installed until the day of settlement.
  • Practical Completion Notice issued
  • Final Inspection is conducted by Principal Certifier
  • Final Inspection with you and your Supervisor
  • Settlement date arranged
  • Hand over completed and settlement occurs

Your Client Co-ordinator will work closely with you at this time – advising you of the arrangements that you will need to make to ensure that your moving day is problem-free.

These will include the following items:

  • Organising Telephone, Electricity, Gas and Water Accounts in your name.
  • Arranging the final Inspection and Valuation by your Lender (if required)
  • Advising us of a suitable date to install the kitchen appliances and Hot Water System.


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