LPI…we’re almost there!

It’s been a bumpy few months with our land registration, causing us a fair bit of stress. When we put our deposit down, we were told to expect registration and settlement in June 2017. Just fine with us, keep saving away and work on the house plans so they’re ready to go by then.

Fast forward to March 2017 and we had seen our land, street signs were up, services were in and everything seemed ready. Then we got an email saying registration would be “August-October 2017″….uh WTF?! What could need to be done still and how did it blow out so far?! Fast forward to the following week “sorry that was a mistake, should be May-June 2017”. Phew!

So the months keep ticking, by end of May the stage ahead of us was just registered and due to settle mid June. No news for us but I was confident any company would want their money ASAP so our land must be in progress and wouldn’t be staggered too far behind. Or not. 

Tick tick tick…a call in late June just to say hey we’re on track for July registration but the land subdivision was still with council.  Hmmm we’re definitely behind all the estimates now and starting to get nervous. We know we need 12 weeks absolute minimum from settlement to construction with Wisdom. 

Finally today we got the call that our land has been lodged to LPI which means they will be creating the separate plans for each lot soon. Once our land is registered by LPI (hopefully 1-2 weeks) we should expect settlement 2 weeks later.  My best case scenario now is we will have 11 weeks from settlement to our tender expiry so let’s hope Wisdom are kind to us!

None the less it’s a celebration day. We’re moving forward, we’re close to being land owners (and having a mortgage) and the dream house is one step closer. 


2 thoughts on “LPI…we’re almost there!

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Been reading your blog for the last few weeks, the way you have written at each stage is awesome and really helps people like us to be prepared for each stage.

    Am planning to build aspiration 31 and at Willowdale too :-), need some help with facade and why you chose Savannah,is that only because of design or due to better cost or both? We were planning for Avanti but been told by Wisdom that this or any facade other than Savannah would need additional rendering, as per Willowdale guidelines, which means additional 3000-6000$,did this also make you to consider Savannah?

    BTW,are you getting the savannah space more outside or inside(like at Willowdale display), been told that having it inside is no cost, though not the master plan, because it is displayed that way it would be no cost saving another $1300 compared to having the same in Avanti.

    Very long comment :-), Apologies for this, once again love your blog.



    1. Hi Kalyan,

      Great to meet another Aspiration builder! We don’t know anyone else who has built it but we love the display, especially how big the kitchen is and the open living that it connects with. We’re looking forward to getting into construction. Hopefully only a few more months now.

      We didn’t chose the Savannah facade – we have customised the Avanti facade as I really love the double wooden posts on the Avanti but I didn’t like how narrow it looked on a home of our width with the railings. There is a house on Jamboree Avenue with the Avanti facade on a 12.5 wide lot that you can check out to see the finished facade if you haven’t seen it already.

      We requested to fill the gap with bricks. We have still had to add render as well so all up I think it’s cost is $2k for the added brickwork and steel beam to support it, then $4.5k for the render. I love the end look we got though and it will be a bit different from other Wisdom builds.

      We have extended the upstairs lounge inside as per the display. It only cost us $350 to do that though. We didn’t opt for a sliding door, we have a big window and an external version of a LIN1 door.

      Are you dealing with Scott at the Willowdale office? He was great to deal with, nothing was too much trouble for us and he was always very honest.


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