Te Pakau Maru | FAQs
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FAQs

I want to purchase my own home but where do I start?

When can I see the updated scheme plan, pricelist and floorplans?

Resource Consent has been submitted and we hope to release this updated information in September.

When can I place an offer on one of the homes?

Homes are forecasted to be available in stages to purchase for first-home buyers from October 2022 onwards once we have received our approved RC. We will then offer out to a wider range of buyers over the following weeks.

What style of homes are they?

There are a variety of one, two, three and four bedroom terraced townhomes, built over one, two and three storeys to suit all lifestyles. You can view concept floorplans and renders here

Are there any Body Corporate fees?

No, all homes are on freehold titles. There will be no Body Corporate fees.

Is there car parking and garaging?

Our development design has been heavily influenced by climate change data and we believe in order to combat climate change we need to first try to prevent its causes. Using greener alternatives to our current fossil fuel transportation is a massive help in the fight against climate change. However, we recognise that making changes takes time and most people still rely on conventional cars for transport. That’s why we have allowed for dedicated car-park options within our development so you can choose an option that suits you. There are also over 50 public on-street car parks directly surrounding our development and public bus transport is close by. There are no garages, but each home does have secure, lockable below finished floor area’ storage suitable for bikes, scooters, surfboards and lawnmowers.

How can I be assured it will be a quality and healthy home?

To further enhance the livability of the homes we build, we are targeting NZGBC 7 Homestar ratings for all homes in Te Pakāu Maru. Furthermore, each home will be issued with a certificate demonstrating compliance to the Healthy Home Standard. Both standards are confirmed to be provided as per the contract clauses.

Does the car parking allow for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging?

Yes, due to popular demand we are currently exploring EV parking options.

Are the homes designed with climate and sea-level changes in mind?

These homes have been designed to be fully adaptive to changes in climate and sea levels. Our homes are between 1.1-1.5m above ground level, which will ensure that all the homes will be at or above the Christchurch City Council’s recommended (and not minimum) floor levels of 12.56m above sea level. This takes into account the latest tide and flood data which allows for a 1 in 200 year flood event at an elevated sea level of 1m above the current sea level. This should provide sufficient adaptation for at least the next 120 years at a worst-case rise in sea level.

How are your homes sustainable?

Sustainability requires looking at the environmental, social and economic impacts of the buildings we construct. Comfort, air quality, operational cost and environmental impact are all important parts of building sustainable outcomes. We are also pioneering a new system of measuring, designing out and offsetting any residual embedded carbon created throughout the construction process. Our construction partner Home also runs a successful waste minimisation programme across all their construction sites that sees an average of 75% + of all waste diverted away from landfill.

What is included for the purchase price?

House, land, hard and soft landscaping are all included in the purchase price. Please refer to the chattels list on the Sales & Purchase contract to see what is and isn’t included. For example, you will need to supply your own whiteware.

Where can we see any previous examples of your work?

Previous Construction:
builtbyhome.com

Previous Developments:
theresidenceskaramu.co.nz
kaingamaha.co.nz

Do any warranties come with the property?

Yes, all installed products will have warranties and guarantees supplied and fully compliant as per the NZ Building Act and Code. You will be supplied with these on settlement and each product states its duration and validation.

Once the contract is signed, when are payments due?

You will only need to pay a one-off deposit of 5% of the sale price upon going unconditional. The remaining balance is due on settlement. No progress payments will be required before settlement, only final balance payment, just before settlement.

What is ‘buying off-the-plans’, and how do I get more details around the design and specifications?

The sale and purchase agreement will detail the number of working days you have to review the approved Building Consented plans and specifications. During this process, you have the option to cancel the contract only on the basis that the plans and specifications cause a material change to the value of your new home. There is a $5,000 non-refundable deposit should that be the case.

Is there any option to change designs or colours?

No, these are turnkey homes with all specifications pre-selected by our design team. Rest assured, all colours and materials are lovingly and expertly chosen by our interior design and architectural teams. Final specifications and colours will be issued out as part of the approved Building Consent design review process. We have also partnered with ‘The Urban Advisory’ to ensure thoughtful community integration and urban design principles are used throughout the development process.

When will construction be complete and ready for us to move in?

Settlement (move-in) dates are targeted to range from December 2023 to December 2024, depending on the chosen lot. Please refer to the Estimated Completion Schedule. Construction Code of Compliance (CoC) will generally be completed around six to eight weeks in advance of settlement, due to various council and legal processes.

Which buyers will get purchase-preference?

We are committed to prioritising first-home buyers and owner occupiers. We know it is getting harder for first-home buyers to secure their own home, where they can begin to put roots down into a local community. We want to support the growth and prosperity of a community by enabling those that want to live in a place to have an opportunity to buy.

What is Smart Home enabled?

We prioritise foundational products that make you feel safe and secure. This includes creating an intercom system that includes a video doorbell, wifi enabled smart locks and a Smart Home Hub ready for you to add and customise to suit your needs.

Questions?

Tania is here to assist you on the journey to homeownership and answer any questions about buying an off-plan home. We look forward to meeting and welcoming you home to, Te Pākau Maru.

Tania Mills
tania@bluesky.net.nz
027 4226 440 / Office: 03 366 5959

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Legal Disclaimer

All information provided in these FAQs are purely for information only and is not used for any contractual purposes. It is not legally binding. Please refer to the relevant Sales & Purchase Contract for the appropriate legally binding terms and specifications.