If you successfully applied for the government’s HomeBuilder grant, you might well be stressing about finding a builder and getting your project started in time to claim it.
Well, now you can relax. The government has just announced an additional 12 months to begin construction, making it 18 months in total. This applies to both the first phase of the grant ($25,000 for contracts signed 4 June to 31 December 2020) and the second phase ($15,000 for contracts signed 1 January to 31 March 2021).
HomeBuilder has been incredibly successful. More than 121,000 people applied for the grant by the time applications closed on 14 April. They then had six months from the time they signed their contract to begin construction – a time limit that had already been raised from just three months when HomeBuilder launched!
Six months wasn’t long enough. Delays in the construction industry caused by COVID-related supply issues, added to the lack of available builders due to the huge spike in demand, was causing all sorts of stress to everyone concerned.
Thankfully the government realised the extent of the problem and changed the rules. It’s a relief for home owners, especially those that might have hit delays in getting their finance approved or struggled to find a builder.
But it’s also great news for the building industry, as it means builders can now accept more HomeBuilder jobs and progress their contracts normally.
Mostly, we’re just thankful that all our Orchard residents who successfully applied for HomeBuilder will now sleep easier, knowing that they have more time to start their dream home in our wonderful community.